Anton Froeyman


I my current research, I try to develop the argument that the writing of history should be seen as an ethical activity rather than a scientific or aesthetic one. Historiography is based on an ethics of representation and recognition. History, the “object” of historiography, should not be seen as an thing to be known or a story to be told, but rather as person, a human being, to be engaged and communicated with. Therefore, it is ethical in the same sense as political representation is: it tries to give a voice to those who cannot be heard by themselves. I develop this stance through the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (especially his views on “the third”), taking inspiration from Martin Buber and Ernst Cassirer as well as from analytical virtue ethics. I apply this framework through an analysis of the ethical “presence” of the Other in the discipline of micro-history.



Anton Froeyman
Ghent University
Centre for Critical Philosophy/Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Gent

Selected Publications

  • Froeyman, Anton, Concepts of causation in Historiography, Historical Methods 2009 (42/3), pp 116-128.
  • Froeyman, Anton Anticipation and the Constitution of Time in the Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer. International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems 23 (2010), in press.
  • Froeyman, Anton, Historische Uitvoeringspraktijk, De Uil van Minerva, 2010.
  • Froeyman, Anton, The Other and the Subject: On the Conditions of Possibility of the Problem of Values in the Humanities and Social Sciences, in press (proceedings of the conference Yes We Kant! Critical Reflections on Objectivity, Hildesheim, Georg Olms Verlag, 2011)
  • Froeyman, Anton, Frank Ankersmit and Eelco Runia: The Presence and the Otherness of the Past, Rethinking History, to appear.
  • Leuridan, Bert & Froeyman, Anton On Lawfulness in History and Historiography, History and Theory, to appear.