The Philosophy of History: With Reflections and Aphorisms

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 1983 - Philosophy - 196 pages
A classic volume by a noted philosopher, available again. John William Miller (1895-1978) taught at Williams College, where from 1945 to 1960 he was Mark Hopkins Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy. His extraordinary teaching is described in Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers, edited by Joseph Epstein. While deeply indebted to Plato, Kant, and Hegel, Miller arrived at a strikingly original reinterpretation of the history of philosophy, which, he believed, resolved long-standing epistemological and moral problems generated by that history. The Philosophy of History criticizes all attempts to interpret history on premises not themselves historical. Miller holds that "to view history philosophically is to consider it as a constitutional mode of experience, a way of organization no less fundamental than physics or logic."
 

Contents

Preface
9
The Utility of Historical Study
13
Motives
18
Explanation
23
Cause
27
s Purpose
32
Psychology
37
Accidents
40
Memory as Control
100
Prediction
102
Documentation
107
The Referent of a Statement in History
116
The Facts
123
Order and Disorder
127
The Common and the Unique
130
Action and Immediacy
136

The Static Ideal
44
Mistrust of Time
51
Alliance with Time
61
A Victory Is in Time
66
The Sense of Time
70
Time and Immediacy
74
The Sense of History
80
Is The Simultaneous and the Successive
87
Memory and Morals
91
Memory and the Humanities
95
The Past as an Influence
98
The Free Act
139
Power
142
Might and Right
144
Action Is Inherently Historical
147
Myth and Error
151
Myth and Control
157
The Role of the Actual
165
Judgment
168
Reflections and Aphorisms
174
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John William Miller (1895-1978) taught at Williams College, and he is well known for his extraordinary teaching (described in Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers ).

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