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History as Mourning: A Response to Rivka Maizlish and James Livingston

The following essay comes to us from Erik Hmiel, a Ph.D. student in intellectual history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a friend and admirer of Jim Livingston, and a new friend of Rivka Maizlish, reading their exchange has been a particularly exciting experience. Not only because both are exceptional thinkers, but because their exchange raises crucial questions that too many historians choose to leave unexamined. Some would say this lack of epistemological self-consciousness for which the historical profession is often mocked is of no consequence for the practice of history itself. We prefer to treat our discipline as Read more