Quotations From GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB
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Postmodernism entices us with the siren call of liberation and creativity, but it may be an invitation to intellectual and moral suicide.Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. historian. On Looking Into the Abyss, ch. 7 (1994). Speaking of postmodernist historical theory. Relativist in nature, it was "a denial of the ... reality of the past apart from what the historian chooses to make of it, and thus of any objective truth about the past." This is from "Postmodernist History," a paper delivered at a conference on "Tradition and Creativity in Contemporary Culture" held by the Institute on Religion and Public Life.
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The "real movement" of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. historian. On Looking Into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). Written in 1990.
Nothing is as seductive as the assurance of success.Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. author. On Looking into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). From a paper delivered in 1990 at the American Enterprise Institute: "From Marx to Hegel."
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