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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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“The Most Illustrious Philosopher and Historian of the Age”

“The Most Illustrious Philosopher and Historian of the Age”

Hume and the Balances of Enlightenment History

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On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the works of David Hume, whose writings serve as a model for the complex distances characterizing eighteenth-century histories and the measure of the shift that were to come with the Romantic influences belonging to the following century. It suggests that much of Hume's reputation as a distanced and abstracting historian comes from the legacy of a narrative voice that cultivated balance and detachment. It also explains that greater temporal and ideological distantiation in historical writing encourages a new and more openly affective connection to the past.

Keywords:   David Hume, complex distances, Romantic influences, narrative voice, historian, eighteenth century, historical writing, temporal distantiation, ideological distantiation

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