Podcast S4, Ep. 13 – How to Study the Past

J.R. Waller, MBA


There is a trend today in academic circles and among the general public that advocates for imposing moral judgements on the actions of those from the past.

Those who espouse such an approach are easily offended by history, and they contort it to prove their own agendas.

Such approaches to historical inquiry fail to study the past for the sake of the past, nor do they acknowledge that other time periods are very unlike our own.

In this episode we break down tips on how individuals can better study history, including how we can be intentional about allowing the past to speak for the past, instead of trying to impose our own moral judgements on personalities and ideas from long ago without studying them for what they really were – people wrestling with questions that were important to their own specific time and place.

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