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Contexts in Flux: T...
Contexts in Flux: Textual Concerns for the Historian of Ideas
- Fareld, Victoria, 1973 (författare)
- Gothenburg University,Göteborgs universitet,Institutionen för idéhistoria och vetenskapsteori, idéhistoria,Department of History of Ideas and Theory of Science, History of Ideas of Science
Ingår i: Ideas in History: The Nordic Society for the History of Ideas. - 1890-1832. ; 3
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- This article deals with the methodological question of contextualization in the field of history of ideas. By discussing the notion of beginning, and by arguing for an understanding of beginning as a construction made in retrospect – as that which only in the end of a process appears as the beginning – the author questions the conventional view on historical contextualization as primarily a method of arranging a chronological narrative. It is suggested that the notion of backward reading could account for a broader practice of contextualization, as it opens up a range of possible contextual arrangements in the writing of history of ideas. By stressing the two meanings of the word history (the past, that which is forever gone, and the incessantly changing narrative representations of the past, that which in a certain sense always remains to come), as inseparably intertwined in a dialectics of presence and absence, recalling and forgetting, it is argued for the importance of adopting a double perspective: There is no present independent of the past. But there is no past independent of the present. The historian of ideas, therefore, the author claims, has a role to play just as urgent when it comes to reflect upon the past from today’s horizon, as to analyze the present through an examination of the past. The novel Vivre me tue (Life kills me) written by the French author Paul Smaïl, serves to illustrate the difficulty in deciding the contextual beginning and ending of a text, and the need, therefore, of exploring a methodological concept of temporality where past, present and future are constitutively interrelated – where the beginning can appear in the end, just as the end can appear as a new beginning.
- HUMANIORA -- Filosofi, etik och religion (hsv//swe)
- HUMANITIES -- Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (hsv//eng)
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