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On Historical Thinking

I truly enjoyed Scott P. Richert’s excellent review of Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge: A Reader (“Truth of Blood and Time,” December 2005)—a compendium of some of Professor Lukacs’s most insightful work.

As noted by Mr. Richert, ISI, the publisher of this tome, has produced a terrific primer on the work and thought of a most original and erudite writer.  Remembered Past invites its reader to sample the vast array of subject matter tackled by Professor Lukacs over the years—from musings on Henry Adams and Agnes Repplier (one of America’s finest essayists) to the development of Professor Lukacs’ magnum opus, Historical Consciousness.  Originality and erudition marks his life’s work.

Mr. Richert’s review of this valuable compendium crystallizes many of the critical yet provocative themes Professor Lukacs has invested a lifetime expounding: history as a form of thought, the historicity of human cognition, and, most interesting for me, the ever-increasing intrusion of mind into matter—just to name a few.

With his lucid and engaging prose style that Chronicles readers have come to enjoy from his Rockford Files, Mr. Richert demonstrates his ability as a leading...

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