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Introduction to Philosophy

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Renáta Kišoňová

The first part of this textbook introduces philosophy to the reader as a part of culture, in addition to science, religion, art. It outlines various disciplines of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of mind etc. The second part maps the understanding of history, or the philosophical reflection of history in the history of philosophy.
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5. Philosophy and History

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“Understanding the way in which people used to perceive time in the past and existed in it is the best way to understand the society they belonged to.”

Le Goff

5.1. Philosophy of History

The Philosophy of History is a discipline of philosophy which reflects history. A lot of questions are connected with the reflection – What is history? How is history created? When does it arise? Where? What causes its movement? What is the meaning of history? Does it have any meaning at all? Where is it heading? What are the driving forces of history?

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