Against Hegel and Marx: In Favor of Danto’s, Benjamin’s, and Löwith’s Critiques of Universal History Cover Image

Against Hegel and Marx: In Favor of Danto’s, Benjamin’s, and Löwith’s Critiques of Universal History
Against Hegel and Marx: In Favor of Danto’s, Benjamin’s, and Löwith’s Critiques of Universal History

Author(s): Rocco ASTORE
Subject(s): Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, German Idealism, Marxism, Philosophy of History
Published by: Ideas Forum International Academic and Scientific Association
Keywords: Philosophy of History; Anti-Historicism; Hegel; Marx; Danto; Benjamin; Löwith;

Summary/Abstract: A commonality shared by Hegel and Marx is their belief in the existence of a collective destiny or universal history of humankind. Though compelling, it persists that there are major challenges to interpreting history as such. First, this piece will surmise each authors’ understanding of the common historical theme, and goal,they believe unites all people. Next, this essay will draw from philosophers Walter Benjamin and Danto, to challenge each theorists’ version of universal history.Lastly, this work will draw from Spinoza and Löwith, to further argue that the possibility of a common human history is almost nil, because of the conflicting influences unavoidably tainting the attempts of philosophers such as Hegel and Marx at universalizing history.

  • Issue Year: 1/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 118 - 136
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English