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Hegel's Hermeneutics of History

Panagiotis Thanassas1

1Thessaloniki

Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 91, Issue 1, Pages 70–94, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: 10.1515/AGPH.2009.04, April 2009

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2009-04-02

Abstract

“To him who looks at the world rationally, the world looks rational in return. The relation is mutual.” This emblematic sentence illustrates Hegel's philosophy of history as a hermeneutics of history which, opposed to the apriorism explicitly rejected, searches for its “empirical” verification in trying to “accurately apprehend” history. The much-celebrated “end of history” is not so much an empirical assertion about historical reality as a methodological requirement for an interpretative strategy founded upon the logical category of “true” or “genuine infinity”.

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