6 past in present

Donald Bloxham*

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This essay offers a set of reflections concerning relations between past and present and the necessity, propriety, and process of making value judgements about the past. Mobilizing a range of insights from figures as diverse as Blaise Pascal, Bernard Williams, and R. G. Collingwood, the discussion highlights some of the pitfalls and inconsistencies of the naïve celebration or condemnation of historical actors and their deeds, and underlines what is at stake when seeking to come to terms with an ambivalent inheritance from past generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-542
Number of pages6
JournalPatterns of Prejudice
Issue number5
Early online date18 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Aug 2021


  • Bernard Williams
  • culture war
  • ethics
  • historicism
  • historicity
  • identity
  • material bequests
  • R. G. Collingwood
  • relativism
  • value judgement


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