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The Shape of the Past: A Philosophical Approach to History

Gordon Graham

Abstract

Can human history as a whole be interpreted in any meaningful way? Has there been real progress between stone age and space age? Does history repeat itself? Is there evidence of divine providence? Questions such as these have fascinated thinkers, and some of the greatest philosophers, notably Kant and Hegel, have turned their minds to philosophical history. As a branch of philosophy, however, it has received little attention in the analytical tradition. This work aims to bring the methods of analytical philosophy to the critical examination of some of these questions. In addition to Hegel and ... More

Keywords: human history, progress, divine providence, Kant and Hegel, philosophical history, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780192892553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892553.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Graham, author
University of Aberdeen
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