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Philosophy, for Kant, like Hegel after him, is that which gives and makes intelligible history’s meaning.  Whatever human deeds there are under the sun, philosophy has the power of organizing them in such a way as to give a meaningful account of their happening and the significance of their having-been. Kant thus finds in philosophy the solution to the problem of gleaning meaning from the world of human affairs.  Philosophy is that which can give to human history a purpose, a significance, without which it would seem altogether to be devoid of meaning.  This anxiety about meaninglessness can be sensed when Kant speaks of the “melancholy haphazardness” (trostlose Ungefähr) of historical events when treated in isolation.  Hence, a philosophical history would aim to divine the underlying purpose of all that has come to past, indeed, would make possible the apprehension of the past as history, albeit a history whose truth-content…

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