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How to be a Historian: Scholarly Personae in Historical Studies, 1800-2000

Herman Paul


What makes a good historian? When historians raise this question, as they have done for centuries, they often do so to highlight that certain personal attitudes or dispositions are indispensable for studying the past. Yet their views on what virtues, skills or competencies historians need most differ remarkably, as do their models of how to be a historian (‘scholarly personae’). This volume explores why scholarly personae were, and are, so important to historians as to generate lots of debate. Why do historians seldom agree on the marks of a good historian? What impact do these disagreements h ... More

Keywords: scholarly persona, scholarly self, epistemic virtues, epistemic vices, historiography, intellectual history

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526132802
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526132819


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herman Paul, editor
Leiden University

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