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Historia mexicana

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VAZQUEZ LASLOP, María Eugenia. Textual historicity and cultural traditions with special reference to mexican legislation. Hist. mex. [online]. 2019, vol.68, n.4, pp.1743-1792. ISSN 2448-6531.

Historians tend to turn to textual sources to configure a corpus of historical data, in accordance with their research methods and objectives. Although to a certain extent they understand that their sources have their own history, the study of the history of their properties and discursive forms has fallen, above all, on disciplines such as philology, literature, rhetoric, diplomacy, textual criticism, paleography and linguistics. This article reflects on the historicity of other cultural traditions, such as law, utilizing the theory of discursive traditions developed by the followers of the linguist Eugenio Coseriu and emphasizing how the historical rhythms of different cultural traditions may be asynchronous and that linguistic forms tend to be much more conservative than those of other cultural traditions. The textual traditions of MeXIcan legislation from the 16th to the 21st centuries are taken as an example, as well as their relationship with the legal traditions to which they gave rise. The article discusses how to historically interpret legal traditions and their relationship with textual traditions according to hermeneutics, conceptual history and Reinhart Koselleck’s sediments of time.

Palabras llave : Legal Traditions; Textual Traditions; Sediments of Time; Conceptual History; Mexican Legislation.

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