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Wherefrom Does History Emerge?

Inquiries in Political Cosmogony

Edited by: Tilo Schabert and John von Heyking

Powers of chaos accompany any order of the human world, being the force against which this order is set. Human experience of history is two-fold. There is history ruled by chaos and history ruled by order. "History" occurs in a continuous flow of both histories. The dialectics of life unto nothingness/creation, struggles for order/order achieved is unceasingly actual. In exploring it, within a wide interdisciplinary and transcultural range, this book reaches beyond a conventional "philosophy of history". It deals with the chaotic as well as the cosmic part of the human historical experience. It stages this drama through the tales that religious, mythical, literary, philosophical, folkloristic, and historiographical sources tell and which are retold and interpreted here. From early on humans wished to know where, why, and wherefore all started and took place. Couldn’t the dialectics between chaos and order be meaningful? Couldn’t they assume a productive role as to the world’s precarious event? Power, strife, guilt, divine grace and revelation, literary symbolization, as well as storytelling are discussed in this book. Philosophy, political theory, theology, religious studies, and literary studies will greatly benefit from its width and density.


  • on the origins of political societies & their ascribed cosmological significance
  • on "history" & "histories" emerging from existential struggles by individual thinkers
  • from different disciplines that reflect diverse backgrounds
  • Author Information

    Tilo Schabert, University of Erlangen; John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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    Audience: Scholars and students of philosophy and history