Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change

Simon ZB (2019)
History of European Ideas.

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A seemingly unitary appeal to history might evoke today two incompatible operations of historicization that yield contradictory results. This article attempts to understand two co-existing senses of historicity as conflicting ideas of historical change and rival practices of temporal comparison: historicism and constructionism. At their respective births, both claimed to make sense of the world and ourselves as changing over time. Historicism, dominating nineteenth-century Western thought and overseeing the professionalization of historical studies, advocated an understanding of the present condition of the human world as developing out of past conditions. Constructionism, dominating the second half of the twentieth century, understood the present condition as the recent invention of certain ‘historical’ environments, without prior existence. As competing ideas of historical change, they both entail a comparison between past and present conditions of their investigated subjects, but their practices of temporal comparison are irreconcilable and represent two distinct ways of historicization.
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historical change; historicism; constructionism; temporal comparison; historical time
Erscheinungsjahr
2019
Zeitschriftentitel
History of European Ideas
ISSN
0191-6599
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2938689

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Simon ZB. Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change. History of European Ideas. 2019.
Simon, Z. B. (2019). Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change. History of European Ideas. doi:10.1080/01916599.2019.1653351
Simon, Z. B. (2019). Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change. History of European Ideas.
Simon, Z.B., 2019. Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change. History of European Ideas.
Z.B. Simon, “Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change”, History of European Ideas, 2019.
Simon, Z.B.: Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change. History of European Ideas. (2019).
Simon, Zoltán Boldizsár. “Historicism and constructionism: rival ideas of historical change”. History of European Ideas (2019).
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