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Historical tracing of objects of scholarly interest

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Trawl through sources, primary and secondary, to consider the historical stages of the production and reception of an object of scholarly interest

  • Identify primary and secondary sources related to the object of scholarly interest
  • Filter sources to arrive at a set of sources to consider
  • Gather and store a set of copies or references to the sources of interest
  • Consider, annotate, organize, hypothesize, reformulate, etc.


Scholars' Stories (scenarios)


Recently I had to undertake research for a keynote talk on 'Genealogies of the Identity' where I had to trace the historical antecedents of the concept of 'identity' in modern political thought beginning in the 17th century. The earliest text I went to was Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan which first tried to conceptualize the problems of the emergence of a secularized 'autonomous self' in civil society, an idea without which it is impossible to even think of 'identity' as such. The study then examines the diversity of the ways in which 'identity' is thought of in the works of Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Hegel and J.S Mill and concludes with conceptualizations of identity in our post-War period.

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