WHO NEEDS AN OPTIMISTIC PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Komu nuzhna optimisticheskaya filosofiya istorii?
Author(s): 
Vladimir Porus
National Research University – Higher School of Economics
Issue number: 
No. 1 (Vol. 47)
Pages: 
57-61
Abstract: 

All speculations on «the meaning of history» are argued to exceed the epistemological capacities of historical science. Nevertheless, the author argues, such speculations are significant for a philosophy which treats historical development as a real phenomenon. For many philosophies of this sort, freedom of a human-being is the main goal of the historical process. The author notes that such «historical optimism» is in conflict historical practice. And he argues that it can be dangerous if transformed into a slogan.

Keywords: 
history, philosophy of history, freedom, historical practice
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