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Bill Brown

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“History is the laboratory of philosophy.”

That’s a pregnant and profound thought. It’s what got me into history after I couldn’t complete my philosophy degree. It perfectly captures the importance of history and the relationship of the past to philosophy.

The one problem with the above quotation is that I have no idea its source. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it that its origin is murky. I honestly can’t remember whether I came up with it or read it somewhere. I’ve searched Google using every possible combination, to absolutely no avail. If I came up with it, then I’ll be exceedingly proud of myself but I can’t bring myself to claim authorship.

Does anyone know of the quote or its origin? Leave a comment or send me an email. I’ll be in your debt.