Empathy in Historical Studies

The next event in the Futures of History seminar series (Centre for the Philosophy of History) will be:

Dr Tyson Retz

The History and Function of Empathy in Historical Studies: re-enactment and hermeneutics

Wednesday 18 January 2017

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Senior Common Room:  2– 4pm.

In this paper Dr Retz explains the link between empathy, the history discipline, the philosophy of history and history education. He examines the concept’s basis in German historicism and R.G. Collingwood’s philosophy of history, as well as considering its legacy in twentieth-century hermeneutics. The conjunction of Collingwood and Gadamer on the importance of question-and-answer logic is offered as illuminating the historical context that empathetic understanding should attempt to identify.  

About the speaker:

Dr Tyson Retz received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. His current research takes German historicism and its methods as a basis for examining the development of French historical thought and writing in the first half of the nineteenth century. 

This is a free event and all are welcome. As usual there will be homemade cakes and plenty of time for discussion.

For more information please email mark.donnelly@stmarys.ac.uk or claire.norton@stmarys.ac.uk

We hope to see you there for what we are sure will be a stimulating discussion.

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