Make Up A Story
The one I am going to tell myself, is I am suffering from culture shock. I am highly familiar with the historical sources on the orangutan. But entirely unfamiliar with the contemporary arguments in modern science history surrounding the subject.
I suspect I am dealing with one response to an academic debate, which was unsettled at the time of writing and going through the point of a debate when opinion is particularly divided. I may of course be wrong, my point off contrast would be with the 6th century.
Debate centered on a group of scholars, who favored, early readings of sources, i.e. the suggestion that the material first recorded in 6th century offered a window on the Iron age and an old unbroken tradition. A position termed nativisim. The non-nativist position held that the material was written by christian scribes in a christian present, using and radically altering the past.
It was an intense argument with both sides over-inflecting argument to get a point across. It settled to a degree with a more balanced perspective but still remains an issue due to the nature of the sources.
I would love to state that the early Irish legal material I use was shaped by someone with an understanding of Latin law and some understanding of classical perspectives on classical language origin. The suggestion is made that the extensive recording of Irish legal material in the 6th century is far more influenced by new ecclesiastical learning rather than simply a collection of customary tribal law. But its difficult to call with any certainty.
My perspective on the 6th century would be to incline towards looking at it in context rather than as a form of conjectural history for pre-historic argument. Unless its backed by strong comparative/archaeological perspective.
With the early modern period I seem to hold a somewhat contrary perspective at the moment, seeing the ghost of a relationship with the past in the way stories are told and framed.
With academic debate I am uncertain about, and one that seems to over-inflect at points, my tendency is to run with a belief shaped by past experience and look for a potential site of conflict and strong disagreement.
Does not matter at the moment if my perception is incorrect, I’ve told myself a story I am comfortable with, which allows me to make uncertain water’s seem on the surface at least potentially understandable.
I can engage further and hopefully reach more certain ground and an understanding of contemporary debate and its different currents that pull and shape argument.