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The thought of Man having a universal condition that is a universal environment situation or set of circumstances is often seen as a product of Continentalist thought Philosophy before Hegel or perhaps Locke is usually all thrown under the heading of analytical determining the nature of our world through reason Although my previous phrase may not stress it the most important word from my last sentence is nature Pre-Hegelian analytical philosophy is almost completely concerned with the nature of things To Plato and Aristotle as well as Kant and Descartes things be and act because it is their essential nature to do so Hegel is the first to postulate that things affect other things and that the product of this affection is life His ideas were refined and pushed forward in 19th century continental Europe to become the fundamentals of 20th century phenomena such as Existentialism and Post-Modernism Timothy Findleys 1999 publication Pilgrim gives us a good example of a late 20th century view of the human condition In comparison John Donnes classic early 17th century religious writing Devotions upon Emergent Occasions shows a view of the human condition rising out of a reformation torn Europe The relevance of this study rises out of the similarity of views on the human condition despite being written almost 400 years apart Hegel says the rational is the real and the real is the rational Because of this we often see him as the sharp turning point between analytical philosophy which justifies what is real through reason and continental philosophy which says simply if it exists it must be rational these are not necessarily over generalizations Donne also finds himself on both sides of the realrationalrationalreal fence Man has not only an essence determined by God but also a conditional existence also determined by God That is to say that God decides what you are when you are born and can give you gifts a
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