A Just Medium: Empathy and Detachment in Historical Understanding

in Journal of the Philosophy of History
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Abstract

This paper explores the role of empathy and detachment in historical explanation by comparing Collingwood and Hume’s philosophies of history to Brecht and Stanislavki’s theories of theatre. I argue that Collingwood’s notion of re-enactment shares much more with Hume and Brecht than it does with Stanislavski. This enables a just medium between rationalistic and empathetic accounts of historical understanding, as recently put forth by Mark Bevir and Karsten Stueber respectively.

A Just Medium: Empathy and Detachment in Historical Understanding

in Journal of the Philosophy of History

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