A precise critique of the peculiarly unhistorical way of thinking exhibited by many historians and other scientists.
We can easily see that each epoch developed (develops) its specific attitudes and fashions, and, what’s more, the respective present defines how we look at history and society and shapes each analysis historically.
But, how beautiful that Charles Baudelaire also mentions the smile in this context. However, the question remains as to what an epoch actually is, how it can be framed in terms of time. Possibly not at all. Which makes everything even more complicated.