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Geskiedsfilosofie in 'n krisis: Die noodwendigheid en aktualiteit van die nasionale staatsidee

M. J. Schoeman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 4 | a2175 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i4.2175 | © 1985 M. J. Schoeman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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M. J. Schoeman,, South Africa

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Abstract

Philosophy of history in crisis: The actuality and necessity of the concept of the national state
The aim of this essay is to explicate the thesis of an intrinsic relationship between the Enlightenment philosophy of history and the (ideological) war amongst world citizens in which we are entangled today. This is explained in terms of certain 'deficiencies' (philosophical, theological, political and historical) inherent in the Enlightenment view of history. It is argued that a truly modern approach to history (as opposed to the antimodern, eschatological and moralistic view of the Enlightenment) should take its bearing from the idea of the nation, thereby acknowledging the rise of a global network of national states as one of the most remarkable features of our age.

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