Scott Powell on History is Dead, Long Live History
Radio Interview: Wednesday, 17 July 2013
I interviewed Scott Powell on "History is Dead, Long Live History" on Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday, 17 July 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast below.
Why is knowledge of history important? How have historians failed to teach it? What's the proper approach? How can adults educate themselves about history?
Scott Powell is the creator of Powell History and "A First History for Adults." He is a permanent traveler who teaches a distance learning homeschooling history program called "History At Our House" that provides an integrated curriculum for children from 2nd to 12th grade all over the world. He is currently writing his first book, History is Dead, Long Live History.
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- Diana's experience with "A First History for Adults"
- What history could and should be
- History as practiced in ancient Greece: Herodotus and Thucydides
- History as practiced in the Enlightenment, including the American Founding
- History as practiced today, influenced by Ranke and Marx
- The cultural effect of the death of history: historical illiteracy
- The importance of selectivity
- The danger of storytelling in history
- The proper purpose of history
- Three Is: instruction inspiration, insight
- The relevance of the Great Depression to today
- Teaching history to children
- The goal of rehabilitating history for adults
- Methods of teaching and learning history: selectivity and integration
- "History is Dead, Long Live History"
- Scott Powell's web site
- Wikipedia: Leopold von Ranke
- The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories and The Landmark Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War
- Mike Maleney on YouTube
- Chris Martenson's Peak Prosperity
- This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff
- The special secret link for History is Dead, Long Live History
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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