In the introduction to one of my favorite books, The Rediscovery of Meaning and Other Essays, a compilation of essays on myth, metaphor, meaning, language, and religion, Owen Barfield writes that it is often argued that
the fragmentation of knowledge, which is characteristic of our age of specialization, has been brought about simply by an increase in the quantity of things known
But he argues for an alternative in one of his essays. He argues that the fragmentation of knowledge
has been brought about by the fact that human knowledge was formerly different in character from what it is today
What does Barfield mean when he says that human knowledge was once different in character than it is today? This and other similar questions are explored throughout the site, and this section – which includes Ancient History, Medieval History, and Modern History – uses this and Barfield’s concept of the evolution of consciousness as its framework.