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Reasons for Our Rhymes: An Inquiry into the Philosophy of History
Robert A. Herrera
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Reasons for Our Rhymes provides a chronological overview of the major philosophical approaches to history. Clearly presenting the ideas and influence of each thinker covered, Robert Herrera surveys the major paradigms in the philosophy of historyfrom St. Augustine and Joachim to Bossuet and Vico, from Hegel and Marx to Soloviev, Berdyaev, and the post-historians.
In addition to introducing the most significant thinkers in the field, Herrera also pursues the idea that variations in theory run parallel to modifications in the notion of God. As the discussion moves from the patristic age to the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and into the modern period, Herrera shows how each new interpretation of history has progressively transformed the God of the Scriptures first into the notion of "Providence" and then into the concept of "Progress."
Both an excellent introduction to the philosophy of history and a compelling analysis of the history of ideas, Reasons for Our Rhymes will interest readers from a wide range of disciplines.
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About the Author
Robert A. Herrera was educated in the U.S.A., Cuba, and Spain, receiving his Ph.D. from the New School Graduate Faculty under Hans Jonas. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, Baruch College of CUNY, Rutgers, and Seton Hall University from which he retired in 1998. He is the author/editor of nine books including Donoso Cortes: Cassandra of the Age and Orestes Brownson: Sign of Contradiction. He was Visiting Scholar at the CSIC (Madrid) and has lectured extensively in Europe.
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