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Reasons for Our Rhymes: An Inquiry into the Philosophy of History
Robert A. Herrera

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Format: Paperback, 196pp.
ISBN: 0802849288
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: July 2001

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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 history—from 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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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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2.St. Augustine
3.Joachim of Fiore
4.Augustinian Variations
5.The Renaissance Interlude
6.Bousset and Vico: The Doorway to Modernity
7.Hegel –– History as Providence Transfigured
8.The Cult of Progress
9.Disillusion and History: Traditionalism and the Pessimistic Vision
10.Karl Marx: Revolutionary Praxis as the Road to Utopia
11.Friedrich Nietzsche adn the Twilight of History
12.Through a Glass Darkly
13.Embers: Soloviev and Berdyaev
Postscript: The End of History
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