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April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Kant’s Challenge
Kant raises the issue of history perfectly in the opening paragraph to his essay on history:

Whatever concept one may hold, from a metaphysical point of view, concerning the freedom of the will, certainly its appearances, which are human actions, like every other natural event, are determined by universal laws. 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.

This passage contains a latent question, and also shows the connection between the individual and his freedom and the dynamics of larger history.
The eonic effect resolves this contradiction beautifully. But it doesn’t directly address the issue of the individual and his will. Rather it finds ‘freedom factors’ in History, that is ‘uncaused historical intervals’.

Tags: Kant · selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

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