The Philosophy of History

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9780486201122: The Philosophy of History

Hegel wrote this classic as an introduction to a series of lectures on the "philosophy of history" — a novel concept in the early nineteenth century. With this work, he created the history of philosophy as a scientific study. He reveals philosophical theory as neither an accident nor an artificial construct, but as an exemplar of its age, fashioned by its antecedents and contemporary circumstances, and serving as a model for the future. The author himself appears to have regarded this book as a popular introduction to his philosophy as a whole, and it remains the most readable and accessible of all his philosophical writings.
Eschewing the methods of original history (written during the period in question) and reflective history (written after the period has passed), Hegel embraces philosophic history, which employs a priori philosophical thought to interpret history as a rational process. Reason rules history, he asserts, through its infinite freedom (being self-sufficient, it depends on nothing beyond its own laws and conclusions) and power (through which it forms its own laws). Hegel argues that all of history is caused and guided by a rational process, and God's seemingly unknowable plan is rendered intelligible through philosophy. The notion that reason rules the world, he concludes, is both necessary to the practice of philosophic history and a conclusion drawn from that practice.

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Here is one volume is an important series of the lectures of philosopher Georg Hegel on the philosophy of history, including:

* "Original History"
* "Reflective History"
* "Philosophical History"
* "Reason Governs the World"
* "Essential Destiny of Reason"
* "The Abstract Characteristics of the Nature of Spirit"
* "The Means Spirit Uses to Realize Its Idea"
* "The Embodiment Spirit Assumes - the State"
* and more.

This essential volume belongs in the library of all students of philosophy and of 19th-century intellectualism.

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was a German philosopher and a major figure in German Idealism.

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