History: The Importance Of Reasoning

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History is something that has happened in the past, something that our ancestors have already experienced, something from which we learn about humanity and its ways, and something that helps us evolve. Its better defined by Wikipedia as “the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events.” Reason is one of the most effective ways of knowing and one can attain a lot of knowledge if he reasons with history. Reasoning basically means questioning that why did a particular situation take place? And was there a way to avoid it? If not, then why so? Reasoning ultimately leads the person to the answer all of his questions and thus increases his knowledge. When historians are figuring out history, reasoning plays a huge roll. Historians only find bits and pieces of history (evidence) and use reasoning as a way of knowing to fill in the gaps. For…show more content…
Though language cannot be used to communicate everything that we want to say, it plays a considerable amount of role in interpreting history. Language is closely connected to reasoning and emotion. Language can alter people’s emotions. If the language is harsh it might result in the righter feeling angry and vice versa. We learn History by going to school and reading textbooks or by researching on the Internet. This describes how important language is to communicate history to us. Even Historians use books and artifacts to understand History. This is all related to language. Also, the example that Mr. Gardner stated in his session about how language creates emotions in the reader is also very relevant here. He explained that the term “Rape of Belgium” would create feeling of pity in some people and feeling of anger in some. Here the word rape is used metaphorically to put across a
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