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Historicism
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1. The term “historicism,” now used mostly in a critical sense, still had positive significance in the mid-19th century. Thus it could denote a philosophy that, following G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831; Hegelianism), viewed world history as a realization of the absolute (C. J. Braniss). It then soon became a polemical title for Hegel’s own philosophy of history (R. Haym), for the historical school of law (I. H. Fichte), and finally for a concept of human life oriented primarily to historical facts and contexts.

Critics of historicism did not dispute the historicity of this life but …

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Figal, Günter, “Historicism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H181>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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