Transcendence & Immanence in History Thought

History 280B.003

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Brady
Location: 
2227 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4
CCN: 
3949
Units: 
Units

The Western debate over the meaning of history, four stages: 1) the providential idea of history (St. Augustine, Venerable Bede, Otto of Freising); 2) immanental repetition (Machiavelli); immanental evolution (Giambattista Vico, Adam Ferguson); 3) immanentalization of transcendence (G.W.F. Hegel, Leopold von Ranke, Karl Marx); 4) freedom, and contigency (Jacob Burckhardt, Friedrich Nietzsche); 5) reason transcending history (Max Weber). The readings may be changed, depending on student interests. Assignments: two or three papers.

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