Article ID: CBB001260703

Introduction: “Right as Diverse Pathes Leden” (2013)


Harman, Oren (Author)

Science in Context
Volume: 26, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 553-555

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Introduction to a special issue, “Approaches, Styles, and Narratives: Reflections on Doing History of Science”
Language: English

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history, Mahatma Ghandi is often quoted as saying, and, one might add cheekily, but with unquestionable truth, so too a small group of determined historians. Burke may have counseled that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but the Irishman clearly gave memory greater credit than it deserves. Not only do we use the past by many means and to many ends, but these means and ends necessarily color our view of the past, shape it, oftentimes constructing it forthright. And what is true for the layman may in fact be argued to be doubly true for the professional historian, his or her many years of considered disciplining notwithstanding. Being taught to be aware of our biases doesn't always help us overcome them, nor do we necessarily write about the past because we simply want to tell it like it was. Memory is fallible, and historical records incomplete -- yes -- but over and above these limitations, we often seek to recall the past and breathe new life into it for very particular reasons. Churchill knew this all too well. History will be kind to me, he wrote, for I intend to write it.


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Authors & Contributors
Hunt, Lynn
Zhmud, Leonid Ja.
Waltner, Ann
Verbruggen, Christophe
Sorell, Tom
Shank, J. B.
Social Science History
American Historical Review
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Perspectives on Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Yale University Press
Walter de Gruyter
Franz Steiner Verlag
History as a discipline; chronology; study of the past
History of science, as a discipline
Historians of science, modern
Historical method
Moulin, Daniël de
Sarton, George
Otlet, Paul
Malaspina, Alessandro
La Fontaine, Henri
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
18th century
20th century
21st century
Moscow (Russia)
Utrecht (Netherlands)
Galapagos Islands

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