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Historical consciousness
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An important characteristic of human thought is the consciousness of the finitude of human existence. This existential connection of the individual to death is different from historical consciousness (French conscience historique, German Geschichtsbewusstsein), which is an insight not into the ephemer…

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Jordan, Stefan, “Historical consciousness”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020008>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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