Monday, January 5, 2015

The Benefits of Doing Historical Research

Anthony Grafton and James Grossman in The American Scholar
"The best defense for research, however, is that it’s in the archive where one forms a scholarly self—a self that, when all goes well, is intolerant of weak arguments and loose citation and all other forms of shoddy craftsmanship; a self that doesn’t accept a thesis without asking what assumptions and evidence it rests on; a self that doesn’t have a lot of patience with simpleminded formulas and knows an observation from an opinion and an opinion from an argument."
In other words, doing history develops skills that all college graduates need.

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