I. The Sense of History: The Modern View

We moderns take the idea of history for granted — but what is history? What does it mean to study it, or to know about it, or to have a sense of it? Where did our idea of history come from? Is there only one way of understanding the meaning of history, only one “historical sense”? And what do we do if our idea of history proves to be somehow impossible or unattainable?

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00:00 Introduction: Our idea of history
02:23 History as (not) a science
09:35 The rise and fall of the modern view
13:26 Our unhistorical historical approach
16:42 What is history, then?
19:45 Closing remarks

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