Vol. 18 (2013)
“Our words, and theirs:” A conversation with Carlo Ginzburg

Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian’s Craft, Today

Published March 5, 2014
How to Cite
Ginzburg, C. (2014). Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian’s Craft, Today. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 18, 97-114. https://doi.org/10.13128/Cromohs-14122


“Those familiar with archival research know that one can go on leafing through innumerable files and quickly inspecting the contents of countless boxes before coming to a sudden halt, arrested by a document which could be scrutinized for years. […] Once again we come back to Ansatzpunkte: the specific points which, as Auerbach argued, can provide the seeds for a detailed research program provided with a generalizing potential – in other words, a case. Anomalous cases are especially promising, since anomalies, as Kierkegaard once noted, are richer, from a cognitive point of view, than norms, insofar as the former invariably includes the latter – but not the other way round.” First published in Historical Knowledge. In Quest of Theory, Method and Evidence, ed. by Susanna Fellman and Marjatta Rahikainen (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 97–119, Ginzburg's paper has been republished on Cromohs 18 (2013) with the permission of the Author, the Editors, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing.