Koselleck's Dichotomies Revisited

in Contributions to the History of Concepts
Gabriel Entin Associate Professor, University of Chile, Chile gabriel.entin@uchile.cl

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One of the characteristics of conceptual history as developed by Reinhart Koselleck is its relation with social history. This connection refers to a constitutive dichotomy of conceptual history between reality and language. In this article, I argue that in Koselleck's works, the meanings of conceptual history/social history and reality/language dichotomies are not evident, and I propose to explore them through an analysis of his methodological texts on historical writing from the 1980s. Furthermore, I suggest that these dichotomies function as a limit for thinking about the problem of the symbolic, which I seek to account for by drawing on Claude Lefort's notion of the political and an examination of the concept of Jewish people.

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Gabriel Entin is Associate Professor at Department of History, University of Chile. E-mail: gabriel.entin@uchile.cl

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