A1 Journal article – refereed
Cultural History, the Possible, and the Principle of Plenitude

List of Authors: Salmi H
Publication year: 2011
Journal: History and Theory
Journal name in source: HISTORY AND THEORY
Journal acronym: HIST THEORY
Number in series: 2
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 2
Number of pages: 17
ISSN: 0018-2656

The article argues that the study of past cultures always entails the mapping of past possibilities. The first strand of the essay builds on the metaphor of the black hole and intends to solve one of the central problems faced by cultural historians, namely, how to access the horizon of the people of the past, their experience of their own time, especially when the sources remain silent. The second, more speculative strand builds on the notion of plenitude and is designed to open up avenues for further discussion about the concept of culture in particular.

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