History, Historiography, Uses of the Past

03 Oct 1994 12:01

Stray thought: lots of historians talk about wanting to understand how people in the past thought, to enter empathetically into their perspectives, their understandings, even their morality. Doesn't that sound like it would be dangerous if you could actually pull it off? Mightn't there be some risk of getting stuck in this alien mentality?

See also: Archaeology; Historical Genetics; Historical Materialism; Nationalism; Scientific Method; Social Science Methodology