I am Felipe Côrte Real de Camargo, a Ph.D. in Historical Studies at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Professor Ronald Hutton. My thesis proposes a new approach to Masonic studies, the one of material culture, allied with studies on symbology and the history of ideas.
This research blog is, mainly, about my main interests: History and Freemasonry. I often make comparisons between those two things, that’s why “The Two Crafts”. In England, and around the English-speaking world, Freemasonry is called “the Craft”. This is also the name of the three basic degrees in Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellow-Craftsmen, and Master Mason, often called “craft degrees”.
Also, there is a never-ending academic discussion on “What is History?”. More than a philosophic question, this ongoing debate address issues like/as if there’s any use for historical knowledge in “the real world”, or if it is possible to call it a science. All these interrogations are a matter of better understanding and a way of improving the discipline. Because of the multiplicity of understandings regarding History, and the several ways of research and write it, a big group of historians prefer to call it “the craft”.
The ontological question “What is Freemasonry?” also petrifies any Freemason, being him/her a scholar or not. Plethora is one of the most used adjectives when one talks about Freemasonry: there is a plethora of rites, rituals, degrees, regalia, order, the list is vast. So, to define this Craft in terms of “what”, is an exercise of concision, to say the least.
There are several likenesses between Freemasonry and History. I will try to talk about some of them in this research blog, as well as build some analogies in order to facilitate the understanding of these two crafts. But more than that, my intention is to elucidate these two topics, and its variations, in a more accessible language than the one of academia, and in a less hermetic jargon than the one of Freemasonry.
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