What a sad state of affairs. How then will a child be able to distinguish the importance of his past?
Learning from History "…can we possibly refuse to admit that there exist in each of us the same generic parts and characteristics as are found in the state?
For I presume the state has not received them from any other source. It would be ridiculous to imagine that the presence of the spirited element in cities is not to be traced to individuals, wherever this character is imputed to the people, as it is to the natives of Thrace, and Scythia, and generally speaking, of the northern countries; or the love of knowledge, which would be chiefly attributed to our own country; or the love of riches, which people would especially connect with the Phoenicians and the Egyptians.
Some of those would be more practically useful, in terms of contributing to the normal and decent functioning of well-meaning societies than others. The selection soon continues with other quotations where such seriously famous observers as Edmund Burke, David Hume, History teaches us that history teaches Kant, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Machiavelli present views that very directly suggest that learning deep lessons from history is both possible and desirable.
Our overview of this learning from history may not so much explicitly focus importance on the broader range of past mistakes of history, of which there are many, as learning useful lessons about - The Human Condition AND Social Change.
This can show, through cautionary examples, how past mistakes and serious misjudgements have arisen from time to time disrupting the normal and decent functioning of would-be well-meaning societies.
But what experience and history teach is this - that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. Each period is involved in such peculiar circumstances, exhibits a condition of things so strictly idiosyncratic, that its conduct must be regulated by considerations connected with itself, and itself alone.
Hegel "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.
The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is. Collingwood "Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular.
Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature. What is the stuff of which it is made? Who is the personage of history? There are many different elements in history. Evidently again, the elements of human nature.
History is therefore the development of humanity, and of humanity only; for nothing else but humanity develops itself, for nothing else than humanity is free. Moreover, when we have all the elements, I mean all the essential elements, their mutual relations do, as it were, discover themselves.
We draw from the nature of these different elements, if not all their possible relations, at least their general and fundamental relations. Victor Cousin Introduction to the History of Philosophy Ralph Waldo Emerson, alike with very many of the thinking persons living in the USA in the eighteen-thirties who had the inclination and leisure time to interest themselves in ideas, was greatly influenced by the works of Victor Cousin!
Journal entry of December, Our neighbours are occupied with employments of infinite diversity. Some are intent on commercial speculations; some engage warmly in political contention; some are found all day long at their books … This dates from January - February, A "Human Tripartism" from the Great Faiths, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, and Shakespeare!!!
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that: According to the seriously influential philosopher Immanuel Kant, in his brief work entitled "Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View": However obscure their causes, history, which is concerned with narrating these appearances, permits us to hope that if we attend to the play of freedom of the human will in the large, we may be able to discern a regular movement in it, and that what seems complex and chaotic in the single individual may be seen from the standpoint of the human race as a whole to be a steady and progressive though slow evolution of its original endowment.
A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world. His faculties refer to natures out of him, and predict the world he is to inhabit, as the fins of the fish foreshow that water exists, or the wings of an eagle in the egg presuppose air.
He cannot live without a world. Of the works of this mind history is the record. Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. All the facts of history pre-exist as laws. Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man. Epoch after epoch, camp, kingdom, empire, republic, democracy, are merely the application of this manifold spirit to the manifold world.
This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results. The events of display the existence and latent power of many societal pressures which have subsequently fully contributed to the "Emergence of Modernity" in the Western world.
Prior to the existence of these societal pressures was often unsuspected or ignored, - their latent power was certainly vastly unappreciated. The European Revolutions of In Februarythe British historian Lewis Namier delivered a lecture commemorating the centennial of the European Revolutions of In this lecture Namier presented facts about the historical developments, themes, and events evident in and reached the conclusion that: It crystallized ideas and projected the pattern of things to come; it determined the course of the following century.History Teaches Us to Resist is an encouraging reminder that, with strategic discipline, progressives have always found creative ways to advance the work of justice and equality—even in the worst of times.”/5(8).
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If we do not listen we may be doomed to repeat it. I have been looking through some old transcriptions of will from and one thing that strikes me is the reverence and ability for people to write a will. Lessons from History.
Alan Ereira, producer of many broadcast historical documentaries and presenter of a new series on the Kings and Queens of England for UKTV History, explains why history is important, despite all doubts. According to Hegel, history teaches that history teaches us nothing. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is." R.
G. Collingwood "Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular.