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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 47, Issue 1, 2016

Vladimir Porus
Pages 57-61
DOI: 10.5840/eps201647130

Who needs an optimistic philosophy of history?

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.

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