Save

The Ethical Presupposition of Historical Understanding

Investigating Marc Bloch’s Methodology

In: Culture and Dialogue
Author:
Natan Elgabsi Department of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University Finland

Search for other papers by Natan Elgabsi in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

$40.00

Abstract

Discussions on Marc Bloch usually focus on The Annales School, his comparative method, or his defence of a distinct historical science. In contrast, I emphasise his seldom-investigated ideas of what historical understanding should involve. I contend that Bloch distinguishes between three different ethical attitudes in studying people and ways of life from the past: scientific passivity; critical judgements; understanding. The task of the historian amounts to understanding other worlds in their own terms. This essay is an exploration of Bloch’s methodology and what historical understanding is needed to do justice to cultures that belong to the past, both conceptually and practically.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 360 61 3
Full Text Views 302 4 0
PDF Views & Downloads 120 4 1