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Historicism is a mode of thinking that assigns a central and basic significance to a specific context, such as historical period, geographical place and local culture. As such it is in contrast to individualist theories of knowledges such as empiricism and rationalism, which neglect the role of traditions. Historicism therefore tends to be hermeneutical, because it places great importance on cautious, rigorous and contextualized interpretation of information and/or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental and immutable interpretations.

Heidegger—Time & precedence

"That which is earlier with regard to the arising that holds sway becomes manifest to us men only later. That which is primarily early shows itself only ultimately to men. Therefore, in the realm of thinking, a painstaking effort to think through still more primally what was primally thought is not the absurd wish to revive what is past, but rather the sober readiness to be astounded before the coming of what is early."

Bibliographic Reference: 


Heidegger, Martin. Philosophical and political writings. New York ;;London: Continuum, 2003.

Benjamin's Angelus Novis

Bibliographic Reference: 
Benjamin, W. On the concept of history. Classic Books America New York, 2009.
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