* Dale Eisler suggests that social workers may well have apprehended too many Indigenous children and placed them in non-Indigenous families in the "sixties scoop," but to criticize this as intentional denial of Indigenous culture is "presentism
." Social workers were applying contemporary protocols for dealing with family dysfunction.
We should be wary of "presentism
" - the judging people of another time by the standards of today.
We should be wary of 'presentism
' - the judging people of another time by the standards of today.
Ingthorsson concludes in chapter 7 that the paradox makes special trouble for the B theory of time, namely, "there is no good answer to McTaggart's argument against the B series," and goes on to offer a partial defense of a specific version of the A theory, presentism
(the view that "only the present exists") in chapter 8.
In a modernist society, "historicism" mean chains and subordination and "its opposite is presentism
" (Tymieniecka 326).
(37) Thus, employing best practices of the modern science of history, (38) Yiannopoulos explained that the tournament debaters had committed the fallacy of "presentism
," (39) which turned the tournament into a shadow-boxing match: Batiza and Pascal were contending over a modern "nationalistic" distinction (and agenda) that people in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries did not themselves make.
We might look on it now with dismay, but to label it racism is to indulge a presentism
that achieves nothing except making us feel superior.
It is also part of an ongoing post-doctoral research project (SFRH/BPD/75848/2011), funded by FCT, and dealing with contemporary forms of presentism
Cognizant of one of ecocriticism's challenges when working with historical rather than contemporary material, Taylor anticipates accusations of presentism
or anachronistic ideological interpretation.
I regularly preach sermons against presentism
and de-contextualization--i.e., about the perils of ripping chunks of the past out of the world that gave rise to them and expecting actors to behave like us or to wear modern dress gracefully.