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  • Print publication year: 2015
  • Online publication date: November 2015

Part II - Disputing the past

Summary

Wanting the past is shadowed by doubts about whether its merits outweigh its flaws. The valued attributes that distinguish the past from the present often come at a heavy cost. The next three chapters survey the disputes that perennially embroil partisans of tradition versus innovation, youth versus age. Chapter 4 discusses the rival repute of past and present in four different epochs. Chapters 5 and 6 deal with pastness in terms of life-cycle analogies, first surveying well-nigh universal preferences for the new and young, then contrarian fondness for the old, the worn, and the decayed.

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The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited
  • Online ISBN: 9781139024884
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139024884
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