Wisdom, Vanity, and Lessons from History

Douglas Firth Anderson

Learning lessons from history is a common way of justifying the utility of studying the past. Douglas Firth Anderson argues that the nature of historical knowlege and explanation is such as to rightly lead historians to be hesitant about providing lessons. Further, a case is made that wisdom is a better concept than lessons for the nature of what can be learned from history. Mr. Anderson teaches history at Northwestern College, Iowa.

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