Interpreting Crime and Punishment

In earlier posts, I described two approaches to living with respect to the historical record we leave behind.   One approach I described as being like an employee of history who strives to identifying the acts with the most beneficial outcome to add to the historical record instead of the bucket of missed opportunities.  …

Laughing at Taking History Seriously

My last post was risible.    There is more to the present than concern about what it will look like in the historical record. There is certainly more to intelligence than having that concern.    We are as likely to laugh at history and with good reason. YouTube includes abundant examples of historical misfortunes uploaded…

On taking History seriously

In an earlier post on my thoughts about medieval scholarship, I expressed my respect for the European thinkers in the time dominated by religious scholarship.   I acknowledge their exceptional intellectual training and discipline for studying documents that were largely relevant specific to their religion.   I am impressed by the seriousness they took their…