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The Origin and Goal of History(Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Karl Jaspers


294 pages

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First published in English in 1953, this important book from eminent philosopher Karl Jaspers deals with the philsophy of the history of mankind. More specifically, its avowed aim is to assist in heightening our awareness of the present by placing it within the framework of the long obscurity of prehistory and the boundless realm of possibilities which lie within the undecided future.This analysis is split into 3 parts:

  • World history
  • The present and the future
  • The meaning of history

Table of Contents

Part I: World history 1. The Axial Period 2. Schema of World History 3. Prehistory 4. The Ancient Historical Civilisations 5. The Axial Period and its Consequences 6. The Specific Quality of the West 7. Orient and Occident: The Eastern and the Western World 8. Once More: A Schema of History Part II: Present and Future 9. The Intrinsically New: Science and Technology 10. The Present Situation of the World 11. The Future Part III: The Meaning of History 12. Boundaries of History 13. Basic Structures of History 14. The Unity of History 15. Our Modern Historical Consciousness 16. Overcoming History

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General