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History, philosophy of
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1. Definition

The philosophy of history constructs theories of history as a total process: models that help us think about history overall, interpret the evolution of humankind as a whole, and frame statements about the nature, origin, goal, and course of this total process of  “history.” The philosophy of history – the term was coined by Voltaire (1765) – was the successor to Christian salvation history (German Heilsges…

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Nordalm, Jens, “History, philosophy of”, 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 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020026>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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