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Des Chene: On contingency in history (2011-04-02) (Read 2014 times)

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Des Chene: On contingency in history (2011-04-02)
04.04.2011 at 11:24:39
Dennis Des Chene in his 2011-04-02 posting On contingency in history has some (IMO) very interesting and relevant lines, including these:
In an ideal world I would be working on a long-term arc concerning authority and authorities—the breakdown of the system we see in the late Middle Ages and even into the early seventeenth century, a system in which each discipline was based around a few authoritative texts, teaching took the form of commentary on those texts, and innovation occurred within what was ostensibly an exposition or extension of authoritative, authorized opinion; followed by a sort of interregnum (the 17th century, more or less), followed by a reconstitution of authority.

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