“To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect”—this statement, from the Introduction to G. W. F. Hegel's Philosophy of History, sums up both Hegel's historical purview and the epistemological foundation for his conception of history. Hegel believes that world history is rational and that a thinker can uncover the ultimate design of the world by utilizing his or her own reason to explain the rational basis of history, a rational basis that is hidden by faulty and limited thinking.
There are no less than four versions of the text of the Philosophy of History because Hegel did not create an authorized version himself. Each version, however, is based, first, on …
Sola, Andrew. "Philosophie der Geschichte". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 December 2003
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