'Empathy in Historical Understanding,' HPS Seminar

Arts West North Wing 553 (Discursive Space)

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Fiona Fidler


Dr Tyson Retz, History, University of Melbourne

In this presentation I explain the links between empathy, the history discipline, the philosophy of history and history education. It explores how empathy was central to history defining itself as an autonomous discipline in the nineteenth century and follows its development through twentieth-century continental and analytical historical thought. I identify inadequacies in empathy’s methodological formulation and propose an alternative way of approaching the investigation of historical context grounded in the logic of question and answer.