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Short description: Lack of concern for history

Ahistoricism refers to a lack of concern for history, historical development, or tradition.[1]

Charges of ahistoricism are frequently critical, implying that the subject is historically inaccurate or ignorant (for example, an ahistorical attitude). It can also describe a person's failure to frame an argument or issue in a historical context or to disregard historical fact or implication.[2]

The term can also describe a view that history has no relevance or importance in the decision making of modern life.[3]

In philosophy, some criticism has arisen because "the dominant school of philosophy in the English speaking world, analytic philosophy... has been trenchantly ahistorical, and indeed anti-historical". However, few view that to be a problem.[4][better source needed]

A more abstract definition of ahistoricism is simply independence from time: removed from history. An example is the idea that some concepts are not governed by what is learned or has happened, but they come from an ahistoric power that is independent of what has gone before.

See also


  1. "ahistoricism". Mirriam-Webster Dictionary Online. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahistoricism. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  2. Pepper, David (1993). Eco-socialism: From Deep Ecology to Social Justice. Routledge. pp. 143–144. ISBN 978-0-415-09719-2. https://archive.org/details/ecosocialismfrom00pepp. 
  3. "ahistoricism". Define Online. http://www.defineonline.com/Definition.aspx?Word=ahistoricism. Retrieved 2008-11-27. [yes|permanent dead link|dead link}}]
  4. Akehursta, Thomas (2009). "Writing history for the ahistorical: Analytic philosophy and its past". History of European Ideas 35: 116–121. doi:10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2008.09.002.