Charles Tilly

October 19, 2007

Our discussion of Ricoeur last week helped to clarify some important conceptual problems in dealing with the past and the position of the histrorian, which I hope we can pursue throughout the year. However, at Will’s suggestion, we are moving on to something rather different for the next session. Charles Tilly’s book Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons is as audacious as its title suggests. It is an attack on the way we understand the idea of ‘modernization’ and challenges many of the categories that structure our understanding of society. It should generate a lively discussion!
For the next session, on Friday November 2nd, we will be reading the first four chapters (pp. 1-86).

Charles Tilly, Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1984) chapters 1-4

Room 535 of the SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies) building, 16 Taviton Street. Friday November 2nd, 5pm.

There are a few copies available in various libraries, but if you are unable to get hold of one, please send me a message and I will try to sort out some photocopies.

s.pawley”AT”ucl.ac.uk


Ricoeur

October 3, 2007

We return for another year of PhiloHist!

The First meeting will be on Friday October 12th at 5pm. We are now in a new location: Room 535 of the SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies) building, 16 Taviton Street. When you enter the building, there is a lift on your left which takes you up to the 5th floor.

We will be discussing: Paul Ricoeur, The Reality of the Historical Past (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1984; 51pp)

As the piece discusses Hayden White at some length, new members may find it useful to have a look at the chapter by White that we read last year. See https://philohist.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/hayden-white/

I am taking over organization for this year, so if you have any queries about the group, if you’d like to join in, or if you have any suggestions for readings, please email me: s.pawley(at)ucl.ac.uk

Simon.