February 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780815379256 - CAT# K339073
Series: Routledge Approaches to History
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Historical study has traditionally been built around the placement of the human at the center of inquiry. The de-stabilized concepts of the human in contemporary thought challenge this configuration. However, the ways in which these challenges provoke new historical perspectives both expands and enriches historical study but are also weak and vulnerable in their concept of the human, lacking or omitting something valuable in our self-understanding. A Personalist Philosophy of History argues for a robust concept of personhood in our experience of the past as a way to resolve this conflict.
Focused on those who know history, rather than on the abstract properties of knowledge, it extends the moral agency of persons into non-human, trams-human, and deep history domains. It describes an approach to moral life through historical experience and study, rather than through abstractions. And it describes a kind of historiography that matches factual accuracy to both the constructed nature of understanding and to unavoidable moral purpose.
Introduction 1.A Moral Turn 2. Personalism as a way to approach past actors 3. Philosophical issues in the philosophy of history 4. History: the long experience of moral obligation 5. A personalist philosophy of history