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The significance of the past

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The past is deeply important to many of us. But our concern about history can seem puzzling and needs justification. After all, the past cannot be changed: we can help the living needy, but the tears we shed for the long dead victims of past tragedies help no one. Attempts to justify our concern about history typically take one of two opposing forms. It is assumed either that such concern must be justified in instrumental or otherwise self-centered and present-centered terms or that our inter...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1017/apa.2020.38

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-6490-3247
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Journal of the American Philosophical Association More from this journal
Volume:
7
Issue:
4
Pages:
582-600
Publication date:
2021-08-16
Acceptance date:
2020-09-22
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EISSN:
2053-4485
ISSN:
2053-4477
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1133259
Local pid:
pubs:1133259
Deposit date:
2021-02-15

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