The Philosophy of History G. W. F. Hegel , J. Sibree , Charles Hegel One of the great classics of Western thought develops concept that history is not chance but a rational process, operating according to the laws of evolution, and embodying the spirit of freedom. § 20 The three parts of the Destiny of Reason. § 86 The Spirit of a people exists as a genus, and consequently carries within it its own negation. § 52 Freedom can exist only where Individuality is recognised as having its real existence in the Divine Being. § 58 Each particular National genius is only One Individual in the process of Universal History. Rather, it comes to completion only in the philosophical comprehension of individual existing human minds who, through their own understanding, bring this developmental process to an understanding of itself. § 48 The State is the embodiment of rational freedom, realising itself in an objective form. § 30 The agent's aims are limited but the agents themselves are intelligent thinking beings. This may be called the cunning of reason. § 87 It is not of the nature of the all-pervading Spirit to die this merely natural death. (John) Publication date 1914 Topics History -- Philosophy Publisher London : Bell Collection cdl; americana Digitizing sponsor MSN Contributor University of California Libraries Language English. Afterward, these were combined with transcriptions that had been taken down by his stu-dent listeners. § Introduction General Introduction to the Philosophy of History. §  9 In Critical History, it is not history itself that is presented, but a History of History. § 72 The logical, and dialectical nature of the Idea, viz. According to Hegel, the main characteristic of this unity was that it evolved through and manifested itself in contradiction and negation. Introduction to “The Philosophy of History” In his development of his views on human history, Hegel’s debt to Kant is evident. § 93 Time is the negative element in the sensuous world. § 84 Spirit manipulates itself, multiplying the material for future endeavours and gratifying its desires in a variety which is inexhaustible. § 65 The investigation of the history of ancient peoples, to trace their annals up to the point where fragments of primary revelation are to be met with. §  3 What the historian puts into the mouths of orators is an uncorrupted transcript of their intellectual and moral habitudes. § 92 Zeus and his race are themselves swallowed up by the very power that produced them — the principle of thought. Böhme had written that the Fall of Man was a necessary stage in the evolution of the universe. § 97 The life of a people ripens a certain fruit. The introduction to Hegel's lectures on the philosophy of world history is often used to introduce students to Hegel's philosophy, in part because Hegel's sometimes difficult style is muted in the lectures, and he discourses on accessible themes such as world events in order to explain his philosophy. Contradiction and negation have a dynamic quality that at every point in each domain of reality—consciousness, history, philosophy, art, nature, society—leads to further development until a rational unity is reached that preserves the contradictions as phases and sub-parts through an up-lifting (Aufhebung) into a higher unity. § 29 The passions of men are gratified and build up the edifice of human society, for Right and Order. § 56 The State constitutes the rights of its members; its natural features are their country, their outward material property. § 98 The principles of the successive phases of Spirit that animate Nations, are only steps of the one universal Spirit. § 36 It is not the Idea that is exposed to danger. Lectures on the philosophy of history by Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831; Sibree, J.