What is History?: Dr Philip Brindle

Many of us are interested in History and pursue our interests in many different ways. We might take an interest in a particular period; research our family trees; delve into local history or archaeology; avidly read historical novels; and History books as a whole are the most bought and borrowed after fiction – but how often do we think of the nature of our subject? This course will examine the nature of History. Is it just philosophy teaching by example? Can it be scientific? Does it have methods peculiar to itself? Are we condemned to repeat it? Is it the same as “The Past”? Or is it no more than a catalogue of the crimes and misdemeanours of humanity?

Tutor: Dr Philip Brindle

"Dr Philip Brindle (B.A. Ph.D. PGCE, FIFL) has taught for 40 years in universities, both in Britain and America, schools, sixth form and further education colleges, and in adult education. He has a doctorate in the history of 17thcentury Northamptonshire and has spent much of his time teaching history or law to students aged from 16 to 86. Latterly he has worked training tutors and teaching prospective adult teachers for the WEA and Luton Adult Community Learning, plus a range of history courses for the REC. "