Title

History as the Story of Freedom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1989

Publication Source

Theoretische Geschiedenis

Volume

16

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

297-309

Place of Publication

Holland

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

World history has been consigned by professional historians to textbooks for the public schools. But people will obtain ideological or mytihcal notions of the meaning of history unless philosophers ofhistory step in to rationally regulate accounts of world history. Despite its dependenc in most cases on secondary sources, world history not an impossible academic research disclipline due to the countless cultures and ethnic groups in history--much as astronomy is not impossible due the countless celestial objects. To understand world history it is enough to distinguish a finite number of role model nations as distinct from nations that follow in their wake. The paper seeks to legitimate the sort of philosophical world history research pursued by Hegel.

Keywords

Hegel, philosophical world history, great nations, world history, meaning of history, ideology, metanarratives-

Disciplines

Philosophy

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