It is maintained that in contradistinction to the natural sciences, in psychology (and other human sciences) ‘history is not past tense’. This is borne out by the contemporary relevance of a specific part of the history of psychology, which focuses on the internal-theoretical significance of history for the conceptual ‘household’ of the discipline. From this perspective, several issues in the Danziger-Van Rappard-Dehue debate are addressed. © 1998, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.