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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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To solve the question of how freedom and necessity are combined and what constitutes the essence of these two conceptions, the philosophy of history can and should follow a path contrary to that taken by other sciences.
Among their topics are from biblical time to Darwinian time: discourses on the living world in the 18th and 19th centuries, Nietzsche: culture put to the test at the timescale of heredity, the evolution of social species in Balzac's Comedie humaine, a biologist literary history: August Wilhelm Schlegel and the Franco-German natural sciences, and Michel and La Mer: biology and the philosophy of history. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
Abd al-Rahman ibn Khaldun, the well known historian and thinker from Muslim 14th-century North Africa, is considered a forerunner of original theories in social sciences and philosophy of history, as well as the author of original views in economics, prefiguring modern contributions.
To show that Joyce uses his depiction of Stephen as a foil by which a unique philosophy of history can be articulated, I will proceed in three steps.
Philosophy of history is, in many ways, a curious enterprise.
Cloth, $118.04--The goal of this monograph is to show that Nietzsche's untimely meditation on history should not be dismissed "as being merely an early work that he later rejected" and to restore the essay to its rightful place "alongside the works of Herder, Hegel, Marx, Burckhardt, Rickert, and Dilthey as a classic of 19"' Century 'Geschichtsphilosophie.'" Jensen aims to accomplish this goal by demonstrating that the ideas and arguments in Nietzsche's essay are more interesting and plausible than had previously been supposed; that they are continuous with the ideas and arguments in Nietzsche's mature philosophy; and that they anticipate some of the most important strands of thought in contemporary philosophy of history.
It has been generally accepted that the nineteenth-century German philosophy of history was greatly influenced by Hegel's dialectics and Fichte's triad of thesis-anti-thesis-synthesis.
Interesting about all this is the idea that human rights may involve a philosophy of history. Clearly, human rights are sometimes thought to involve stories.
He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields.
He looks at antidemocratic thought and decadence in France around the turn of the century, reasons of the state in Vilfredo Pareto, legitimacy and the philosophy of history in Antonio Labriola, charisma and disenchantment in Max Weber, and alienation and totality in Antonio Gramsci.
Craig Lundy's History and Becoming: Deleuze's Philosophy of Creativity is an ambitious work that engages the question of history in Deleuze's thought, attempting to demonstrate "the vital importance of Deleuze's philosophy of history to his wider creative agenda" (1).

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