a commonplace book
Is genius possible in the realm of scholarship? It can be if aligned to art.
Joseph Epstein, “The Best of Scribblers,” Commentary, Sept. 1, 2015
What is going in here? What are the ethical implications of “aligning” scholarship to art? And what does this really mean?
The essay is about writing histories, a field we often associate with objectivity (or at least, as in journalism, its pursuit). But to align historiography with art would seem to absolve it of that goal for one that’s far more subjective. Is that right? But maybe this is just–again, as with metajournalism–a recognition that there is no “objectivity” or that objectivity has its limits, both temporal and epistemic.