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Paradoxically, the process of constant mutation over time becomes the only constant, a conclusion too predictable, one might think, to justify the laborious superstructure of theoretical excogitation erected to support it.
Husserl interprets historical imagination as formatting (Gestaltung) of productive fantasy grounded on the true data while a historian projects (entwerfen) "a coherent viewing (zusammenhangende Anschauung) of the destinies and the ages, the viewing of reality instead of excogitation (Einbildungen)" (Husserl 1980: 4) Therefore, a historian is between reality and possibility, between the abundance of the data and their coherent whole.
According to the Burkean conservative, the ahistorical excogitation of an individual or group is more likely to produce self-serving, historically provincial and ideologically rigid abstractions than a better grasp of the universal.