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Przeszłość jako przedmiot wiary i wiedzy

Bartosz Działoszyński

The Past as the Object of Faith and Knowledge

The text is an attempt to present two books by K. Pomian Przeszłość jako przedmiot wiedzy (The Past as the Object of Knowledge) and Przeszłość jako przedmiot wiary (The Past as the Object of Faith) as a holistic story about the development of the European historiography (its philosophical background, workshop methods, institutional solutions) from Saint Augustin to the French Revolution. It also indicates methodological discrepancies between these two books, which prove the evolution of interests and research methods of the Warsaw school of historians of ideas – beginning with stressing the social background of the history of ideas and ending with abstracting structuralist constructs from this background.