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Title: Realizing Reason in History: How Cunning Does It Have to Be?
Authors: Fillion, Réal
Keywords: Hegel;history;reason
Issue Date: 1991
Citation: Fillion, Real Robert. "Realizing Reason in History: How Cunning does it have to be?" Owl of Minerva 23.1 (1991): 77-92.
Abstract: The expression, "Realizing Reason in History," has at least two senses, both of which Hegel tries to bring out in his philosophy of history. The first suggests that there. is reason in history. That is, the task of the philosopher is to show how reason has developed itself through history. The second sense suggests that, not only does history show us that reason has developed over time, but the task of history is precisely to develop or realize reason in time. There is reason in history because that is what history brings about. Thus, the "realization" of reason in history is both something that is recognized and something that must be done. This "realization" is accomplished, willy-nilly, through the doings and sufferings of concrete human beings. Hegel wants to show that history is not a cold, anonymous process which simply sweeps up human lives and never looks back. Indeed, his philosophy of history is primarily concerned with the concrete doings and sufferings of human beings, and wishes to rescue from meaninglessness all those ephemeral human lives which populate the historical process. That, according to Hegel, is what the philosophy of history is all about.
ISSN: 0030-7580
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