Ken and Corey continue their fascinating discussion about integral historiography, taking a close look at three common historiographical fallacies through an integral lens:
– The Historian’s Fallacy (Presentism)
– Chronological Snobbery
– Teleological Historiography
Ken and Corey begin the discussion with an in-depth exploration of presentism, which describes the process of projecting present-day values, ideas, perspectives, and moral standards onto historical events. This not only produces inaccurate and distorted interpretations of historical events, but also opens the door to all sorts of cultural biases and blindspots that can cause the historian to “rewrite history” in ways that consciously or unconsciously support their own contemporary ideologies.
This is important not only for our own enactment of history, but also for our enactment of social justice — much of which is built upon faulty readings of history that are themselves distorted by presentism, giving rise to things like the myth of the “noble savage” and the “myth of oppression”. Bad history produces bad justice.
Watch as Ken and Corey take a careful look at this exceptionally common fallacy, helping us to better understand our own place in history — and history’s place in us.
Ken unpacks his own approach to integral historiography, helping us to better understand our own place in history — and history’s place in us.
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