philosophy of history

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philosophy of history

  1. critical and methodological reflection on the nature of HISTORY and HISTORIOGRAPHY.
  2. large-scale speculative historical theories, claiming general laws or asserting general tendencies seen as operating throughout history. The philosophy of history in this second sense, influential especially in the 18th- and 19th-centuries (e.g. HEGEL), has on the whole gone out of fashion in the 20th-century See also HISTORICISM, GRAND NARRATIVE AND METANARRATIVE.
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