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p. 132. History with a purposelocked

  • Peter Singer


‘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.

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