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The question as to whether Hegels Philosophy of History is valid has been a widely debated topic amongst Philosophers Historians and many more since his death in 1831 From beginning to end the Lectures on the Philosophy of History have been under critical scrutiny from a variety of interpretations Joseph Mc Carney acknowledges the failure of Hegels Philosophy of History to preserve itself as a coherent entity from the mid 1930s it began to split into Old or Right Hegelians Young or Left Hegelians and an embattled center Mc Carney 4 2000 In addition Hegels Philosophy of History is described as being very diverse and vague in that almost anything can be made of it the thing itself was not supposed to enter into knowledge Houtledge 2161998 In this essay I will examine what I consider the central elements of Hegels Philosophy of History with particular concentration at the core of it the concept of freedom As well as considering the conflicting interpretations that surround It I will use Hegels hypothesis and my own judgment to make an informed assessment on the validity of Hegels Philosophy of History Born in 1770 Hegel grew up observing many significant historical developments such as the Enlightenment and the French Revolution Similarly he identified with a range of German Romantic Philosophers at the time that shared and influenced his thinking Hegel was dedicated to the Romantic thesis that Reason governed the universe and that because of this world history had therefore been rational in its course Sibree 281956 Thus the abstract reasoning of the enlightenment was frowned upon by Hegel for he believed that historical reason and evolution embodied a rational purpose Hegel claims that history with all its accidents and unforeseeable events obeys a particular logic the idea as he calls it and that from the dawn of time people have been on a journey of intellectual reflection and self-discovery The human spirit develops in its
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