Chapter 11 Masaryk’s Philosophy of Czech History from the Perspective of Popper’s Critique of Historicism

In: Recalling Masaryk’s The Czech Question
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Otakar A. Funda
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Abstract

Funda considers Masaryk’s philosophy of the meaning of Czech history from the position of Popper’s later critique of all historicism and messianism, be it the Abrahamic messianism of God’s chosen people, the culmination of history in Christian eschatology, or the secularised fiction of history’s happy ending touted mainly by totalitarian regimes. Although Funda himself admits that one may speak of a certain intended direction of short historical periods, he understands history and human life as a movement, a process of events: they are a complexity of complementary components in correlation, continuity, and context.

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Recalling Masaryk’s The Czech Question

Humanity and Politics on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century

Series:  Value Inquiry Book Series, Volume: 381 and  Central European Value Studies, Volume: 381

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