Sinndeutung und Periodisierung der Geschichte

Eine systematische Übersicht der Theorien und Auffassungen

In this huge study the author presents a systematic and thematic overview of all concepts and ideas, that are basic and gave shape to Western thinking about history: Jewish and Christian concepts of redemptive history, particularism vs. universal concepts, ethnocentric concepts, typology, eschatology and the apocalyptic. He considers concepts of history in the Classical Age, the Middle Ages, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, the Romantic Age, Humanism, Positivism, the impact of the Holocaust and Postmodernism. He offers a critical treatment of themes as the periodizing of history, continuity and discontinuity, optimistic and pessimistic theories, repetitive and non-repetitive theories.

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Johan Hendrik Jacob van der Pot, Dr. (1918) studied history and philosophy at the University of Utrecht. During World War II he was held prisoner in six different concentration camps. In 1951 he defended his Ph.D.-thesis cum laude on the periodization of history at the University of Amsterdam. At Leiden University he taught Philosophy of History until 1983. In 1985 he published Die Bewerting des technischen Fortschritts (Van Gorcum Press), translated in 1994 as Steward or Sorcerer's Apprentice? The Evaluation of Technical Progress (2 vols., Eburon Publishing House).
Philosophers, historians, theologians, sociologists.
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