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historicity

  1. the distinctive historical quality or character of a social context. This aspect of social reality is emphasized by those sociologists who believe in the importance of an historical approach in bringing authenticity to social accounts. See also HISTORICISM, HERMENEUTICS.
  2. the capacity of a society to reflect and to act upon itself. This term was first used by SARTRE, and is taken up by GIDDENS to characterize the capacities possessed especially by historical (as against ‘prehistorical’) societies.
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also makes one review whether in fact one has engaged in the squeeze-mistake of equating divine, trinitarian transcendence with human historicity and subjectivity.
Sheila Greeve Davaney, "Problems with Feminist Theory: Historicity and the Search for Sure Foundations," in Embodied Love: Sensuality and Relationship As Feminist Values, eds.
The author is aware of, and at times contends with, current scholarship in hermeneutics; his basic task, however, consists in examining historicity in Heidegger's writings, and not in the secondary literature about his thought.
Themes in it that have proved especially influential are the lifeworld as a foundation for modern science, the role of philosophy as the impulse behind European civilization and science, and the problem of historicity, tradition, and retrieval in intellectual matters.
Perhaps we must think of this effect as a fundamental paradigm of historicity with regard to art.
This piece reflects one of Jones's themes in the work - one's personal historicity in relation to the larger historical tragedy of slavery and its repercussions.
Among the topics are changing perspectives of fiction and truth in Chinese literature, the Qing dramatist Hong Sheng's historical play Changshengdian and Wu Yiyi's commentary, historicity and fictionality in medieval narrative, generic instability and colonial time, variations on the concept of fiction in Latin America, and translation as the universal language of literature.
traced the philosophical understanding of "truth" from ancient Greece to contemporary times, concluding with a sketch of a metaphysical, "action-based" conception of truth that provides a means of responding to skeptical relativism while taking account of human historicity.
Since death marks the boundary in ordinary life between historicity and eternity, it appears to this reader that J.
Hamilton's second book on aspects of Shakespeare's historicity contributes importantly to these studies.
Once cleansed of these presuppositions, the stage, according to Dupre, is set for the pursuit of the transcendent through a Whiteheadean world in process with historicity and indeterminacy in being itself and through an Heideggerean world of consciousness with subjectivity and freedom in the acting person (pp.
In the essay "Stories and Totalitarianism," Havel writes of the destruction of historicity as state project: