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Historical and moral consciousness



Guðmundur Heiðar Frímannsson


University of Akureyri, Iceland


In this article I attempt to answer the question - is there is a conceptual link between moral and historical consciousness? I shall first discuss moral concepts and moral development; try to explore what they mean, and what they involve. In doing that I hope to get a reasonable answer to what defines moral consciousness. In the second part I will analyse historical consciousness and argue that there is a conceptual link between moral and historical consciousness. My idea is that reconfiguration of historical events is a necessary feature of understanding the importance of historical events; it is sometimes a necessary feature of coming to an understanding of moral actions and seems to be a part of practical judgement as moral wisdom. Reconfiguration seems to be a necessary part of moral deliberation and coming to appreciate the force of the morally normative.


Historical consciousness, Moral consciousness, Reconfiguration, Significant historical events

How to Cite:

Frímannsson, G. H. (2017). Moral and historical consciousness. Historical Encounters, 4(1), 14-22.


  • Published 18 January 2017

  • Double Blind Peer Reviewed

  • Author Retains Copyright

  • Distributed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License

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