Show Summary Details

p. 132. History with a purposelocked

  • Peter Singer

Abstract

‘History with a purpose’ looks at Hegel's thoughts about the function of history in the world. Hegel took history seriously. He agreed with Friedrich Schiller that the very foundations of the human condition could change from one historical era to another. This idea of change, and development throughout history is fundamental to Hegel's view of the world. What did Hegel mean by a ‘philosophy of history’? To him his work on history goes beyond the bare facts of history. Hegel said that ‘the philosophy of history means nothing but the thoughtful consideration of it’. Hegel believed that history has meaning and significance and that all events of the past have been leading up to the goal of freedom.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.