By Michael Allen Gillespie
Originally released in 1984
In this wide-ranging and considerate research, Michael Allen Gillespie explores the philosophical starting place, or floor, of the concept that of background. studying the historic clash among human nature and freedom, he facilities his dialogue on Hegel and Heidegger but in addition attracts at the pertinent considered different philosophers whose contributions to the controversy is crucial—particularly Rousseau, Kant, and Nietzsche.
Times greater Education
“A nice and considerate research that is as clever as its topic calls for and as lucid because it permits.”
American Political technological know-how Review
“This considerate and stimulating paintings boldly takes at the job of assessing the concept of either Hegel and Heidegger. Gillespie seeks to give an explanation for how those philosophers have attempted to appreciate what background skill whilst taken as a complete, and what value heritage has for illuminating our crucial features, ambitions, and bounds. . . . Gillespie’s publication presents either a complete evaluation of the political and philosophical orientation of Hegel and Heidegger after which additionally a extra particular therapy in their try to fathom even if there's a ‘ground of history,’ if it is dependent in whatever intelligible and coherent. Gillespie’s account of the final outlines of the idea of Hegel and Heidegger is a wonder of clarity.”
"This is a marvelously realized and over and over considerate examine. Gillespie's presentation of Heidegger's critique of modernity is a version of philosophical statement, and may be required examining for all these attracted to appreciating the results for political philosophy of Heidegger's concept as a whole."
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Extra info for Hegel, Heidegger, and the Ground of History
The result of this development was the increasing identification of historical with mechanical causation and the development of a historical logic analogous to the logic of the natural sciences. While this application of scientific methodology to the study of history enormously increased its range and explanatory power, it did so only by sacrificing any claim to determine standards for human conduct. Science and scientific history in this view are concerned with facts, not values. This conception of history consequently found its philosophical home in the neo-Kantian separation of science and morality, which allowed it to neglect the question of values with a good conscience in the name of science.
It is thus not accidental that in our times we note an ever more vehement and partisan attachment to particular conceptions of history on one hand and a total rejection of history as the res gestae on the other. Both the unthinking acceptance and unreflective rejection of history arise from the same source—the chaos and confusion that the historicization of human life and thought has produced. History, however, cannot be merely accepted or rejected. For better or worse it is an integral and inescapable part of our lives.
This transcendent cause modernity discovers in a divine or human freedom that arises out of self-consciousness or reason. Insofar as reason becomes the measure of reality, however, the scriptural assertion of divine and human freedom or spontaneity becomes untenable, and freedom, especially in the form of history or the doctrine of progress, itself requires a ground. As modern man liberates himself from nature by subordinating nature to the imperatives of his own will, he is forced to The Question of the Ground of History 27 assume the burdens that nature previously bore.