I am currently working on the manuscript for “The Theory and Philosophy of History: Global Variations” (Cambridge Elements in Historical Theory and Practice, edited by Daniel Woolf, Cambridge University Press, under contract). This book will discuss our definitions for the field of the theory and philosophy of history, and hopefully bring attention to perspectives usually left out of the “disciplinary histories” we write ourselves. Other than that, I also maintain the Digital Catalog for History Theses and Dissertations defended in Brazil between 1942 and 2000.
trust, trustworthiness, and historical knowledge
Historical knowledge fundamentally depends on the trust relationships between historians and their peers as well as between historians and their readers. Debates among historians are usually hermeneutical, that is, they are usually motivated by differences in interpretation, approach, or conceptual framework. To raise suspicion about a historian’s research integrity is rare, and it is costly for both the individuals involved and the field as a whole. This suggests that unless we have substantive evidence of misconduct or other ethical issues, we tend to trust our peers to have performed their work conscientiously and in good faith. On another level, our lay readers might not always know well enough the relevant sources and the literature we use to support our arguments, and as such will hardly be able to assess our statements accordingly. In fact, most of our historical knowledge is acquired in such a way that we trust our history teachers and books to fulfill their promises and to tell us a “true story”, as French philosopher Paul Ricoeur has written. This project explores the functioning of these trust relationships that make historical knowledge possible, with special attention to the entanglement of ethics and epistemology in the production, acquisition, and transmission of such knowledge.
digital catalog for history theses and dissertations
The Digital Catalog for History Theses and Dissertations compiles information about all History MA and PhD theses defended in Brazil between 1942 and 2000. It has been invaluable in supporting researchers interested in the history of Brazilian historiography as well as those who want to explore older material of their chosen historical specialty.
The back-end runs with Django, a versatile framework for Python web development, and a MySQL database. I have personally developed and maintained the website since its launching in 2019.