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The intrusion of ideas into the serious business of politics is futile and dangerous:
Namier rubbed in the moral by ... "The less, therefore," he wrote, "man clogs the
free play of his mind with political doctrine and dogma, the better for his thinking.
To take the simplest of all illustrations, so long as the main goal appeared to be
the organization of constitutional liberties and political rights, the historian
interpreted the past in constitutional and political terms. When economic and
social ends ...
6 Professor Oakeshott offers us a more sophisticated version of this fashionable
empiricism: in our political concerns, he tells us, we "sail a boundless and
bottomless sea," where there is "neither starting-point nor appointed destination,"
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - msaucier818 - LibraryThing
This was the definition of a dry read. I read this for a graduate class, and my purpose in reading the book was to try and develop an understanding of how we think about research and the past. I did ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - antiquary - LibraryThing
It puzzles me that Carr was taken so seriously as a "distinguished historian" in British academic circles, considering that he spent the first part of his career championing appeasement of Germany and much of the rest admiring Stalin. Vollständige Rezension lesen
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