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Historics : Why History Dominates Contemporary Society - Martin L. Davies


Why History Dominates Contemporary Society

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2005
ISBN: 9780415261661
Number Of Pages: 287

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From an author at the forefront of research in this area comes this provocative and seminal work that presents a unique and fresh new look at history and theory.

Taking a broadly European view, the book draws on works of French and German philosophy, some of which are unknown to the English-speaking world, and Martin L. Davies spells out what it is like to live in a historicized world, where any event is presented as historical as, or even before, it happens.

Challenging basic assumptions made by historians, Davies focuses on historical ideas and thought about the past instead of examining history as a discipline. The value of history in and for contemporary culture is explained not only in terms of cultural and institutional practices but in forms of writing and representation of historical issues too.

Historics stimulates thinking about the behaviours and practice that constitute history, and introduces complex ideas in a clear and approachable style. This important text is recommended not only for a wide student audience, but for the more discerning general reader as well.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Getting at What is Behind History: the Concept of Historicsp. 1
The already historicized worldp. 1
The concept of historicsp. 4
Historical illusions; aesthetic situationsp. 9
The logic of "sense": the dynamics of the present argumentp. 12
A Sense of History Variations on a Theme from Nietzschep. 21
Theme: A Sixth Sense - A Sense for Historyp. 23
History and indiscriminate interestsp. 24
The cultural politics of distinctionp. 25
Historics: beyond history and the humanitiesp. 28
History and the Sensesp. 33
History and sentiencep. 33
The organic conception of historyp. 37
'The common denominator of all our sensibilities'p. 56
History as Apprehensionp. 65
'The anguish secreted by human infirmity'p. 65
Comprehension and historyp. 77
Apprehension and historyp. 91
Historical knowledge: deep time apprehensionsp. 107
History as Prosthesisp. 120
The 'prosthesis god'p. 120
Neither art nor science: history as technep. 126
Historical discourse: the technics of self-authenticationp. 137
Phantom experiencesp. 175
Symbolic Formations of Historical Sensep. 184
History as a sense-management systemp. 184
The faith of fallen Jews: on the reliability of historyp. 202
Homo studiosus: homo oeconomicusp. 217
History as symbolic re-enactmentp. 230
Coda: 'Untimely' Thinkingp. 249
Appendixp. 252
Historics: Schematic overview of the basic conceptual frameworkp. 252
Historics: Schematic overview of the basic analysis of historyp. 253
Historics: Schematic overview of the structure of historical understandingp. 254
Glossaryp. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780415261661
ISBN-10: 041526166X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 3rd November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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