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Arcana and Ambiguity in Intellectual History
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 06 October 2021
As history became a narrative of contexts as well as of actions, the moral and exemplary character of the actions related was affected … The narrative of action became a narrative of mystery, meaning not only the mystery of random contingency, but the mystery of how decision and action were framed in the face of contingency. Whether action had proved successful or disastrous, that which was exemplary about it was at the same time that which was arcane, formed in the depths of the human heart as it interacted with fortune.
- Review Essays
- Modern Intellectual History , Volume 19 , Issue 4 , December 2022 , pp. 1328 - 1339
- Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press
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