alien righteousness

Willingness to Listen & Seeing Things Their Way

“If we approach the past with a willingness to listen, with a commitment to trying to see things their way we can hope to prevent ourselves from becoming too readily bewitched. An understanding of the past can help us to appreciate how far the values embodied in our present way of life, and our present ways of thinking about those values, reflect a series of choices made at different times between different possible worlds.”

-Quentin Skinner in Visions of Politics: Volume 1 Regarding Method 

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