- a belief that history matters
- a theory that stresses the significant influence of history as a criterion of value
- the tendency to regard historical development as the most basic aspect of human existence
Actually, I am not an historicist yet. I am only trying to become one. After 9 years of training and 14+ years as a paid historian, it’s about time to figure out why it matters.
Update July 8, 2012:
Fuck that. I just want to figure how to finish being an historian. You’d think it would be easy.
Update November 5, 2012:
I did it. I quit. Now I’m learning how be something other than an historicist. . . . which may well be a better way to understand how it matters.
Update February 19, 2013:
Fuck that too (i.e., understanding how it matters). Better off dissolving the tentacled grip of historical consciousness.