New Books Network

Bennett Gilbert

A Personalist Philosophy of History

Routledge 2019

New Books in HistoryNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network July 5, 2019 Colin Mustful

In his book, A Personalist Philosophy of History (Routledge, 2019), Bennett Gilbert identifies our affection of and affliction by history. As he argues, we...

In his book, A Personalist Philosophy of History (Routledge, 2019), Bennett Gilbert identifies our affection of and affliction by history. As he argues, we are connected by moral responsibility to the past in a way that elicits both our attention and our compassion. But Gilbert goes much further than this, analyzing the philosophy of history from all angles while eloquently defining how we both receive and convey past people and actions. Through historiography, or re-telling the past, Gilbert shows readers how at the core of history is compassion which ultimately acts as a means of justice for right in the world and hope for the future.

Bennett Gilbert is a Senior Instructor in University Studies at Portland State University. He holds numerous degrees including a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in History from Portland State University. Some of his research interests include the history of ideas; early printing and engraving; the history of communications; and philosophical ethics. For thirty years he was the sole proprietor of Bennett Gilbert Rare Books where he worked as an antiquarian bookseller.


Colin Mustful has an M.A. in history from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is currently a candidate for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Augsburg University. You can learn more about his work at his website: www.colinmustful.com.