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Historical orthodoxy's subjectivity and change

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Bertil Jessen 3.I Kolding IB world school 01/03/08 Tok Essay prescribed title number 3 Candidate: 001490-022 TOK Essay prescribed title number 3 Historical orthodoxy's subjectivity and change "History is always on the move, slowly eroding today's orthodoxy and making space for yesterday's heresy." Discuss the extent to which this claim applies to history and at least one other area of knowledge. Bertil Jessen 3.I 12/03/07 Candidate: 001490-022 Word count: 1542 It is man's ability to remember that sets us apart we are the only species concerns with past how memories give us voice and bear witness to history so that others might learn so they might celebrate our triumphs and be warned of our failures there are many ways to define our fragile existence many ways to give meaning but it is our memories that give its purpose and shape its context the private assortment of fears, love and regret what is the cruel irony of life that we are destined to hold the dark with light.1 History teaches people of the major conflicts of the past, and analyses these aspects and their causes through extensive comparisons with public sentiments at their respective times and as such the truth changes according to their respective times of publishing and access to documentation. ...read more.


During the 20's the US population shared a general pattern of hedonistic behavior, but as the times changed with the spark of the great depression, this behavior seized to be orthodox, but rather the public found this overkill of resources, that might have saved them in their present time, to be humiliating at best. This feeling was not due to a lack of enjoyment within the twenties, but mainly an incriminating statement of the Bourgeoisie lack of vision and perspective, that in the 30's seemed to the public to be the obvious reasons for their poverty. The perspective that history is always on the move, can also be applied to more current population trends and movements. A person who fell into a coma in the 1980's would be stunned to wake up today, and completely unaware of his function in todays society. The Internet and other technological developments such as Ipods and cellular phones have altered our human existences and transformed people to a an extent to mere numbers, binary codes, or slaves to mobility. The Last 30 years have gradually outfaced human interaction with the distinct ability of our species to communicate using distinctive syntax of our language. Now we find ourselves capable of having a direct conversation without ever being forced to use most of the traditional parameters of language. ...read more.


History shows evidence of many consequences of former indulgences, but if traced to this day in age, public policy is in most cases altered completely. The problems of contemporary society differs and as problems are solved or ignored, agendas become altered. Extensively one might conclude that in relation to history, heresy or unpopular sentiments cause differential agendas, solutions to problems, or complete ignorance. When heresy gains support or other issues put pressure upon politicians, the established theoretic truth changes, but this is usually done gradually through slow reforms to eliminate any chance of others denoting a defeatist attitude, and thats how orthodox sentiments appear the same and yet gradually alters to adapt to current times, technological advances or financial needs. Orthodoxy breeds heretic rebellions and as these grow in terms of public support they are adapted by policy commentaters, such as historians and critics, as their own causes and in doing so become more widely recognised and are adapted into orthodox sentiments. "History is always on the move, slowly eroding today's orthodoxy and making space for yesterday's heresy" applies to virtually every science but mainly concerns itself with the epistemology or scope of our knowledge in relation to a given situation or type of knowledge. 1 Mohinder Suresh 2 http://www.trivia-library.com/c/posthumous-fame-dutch-painter-vincent-van-gogh.htm 6/6 ...read more.

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