HomeFEU Colloquiumvol. 1 no. 1 (2007)

Hegel and History as Ideology

Rolando M. Gripaldo

Discipline: History



The author tries to show in this paper the sense in which history can be considered ideological, using the framework of Georg Hegel. The ideological sense of history is neither factual in the descriptive sense nor panoramic as in tracing the chronological flow of events from the past to the present, but goes beyond these into a rational, metaphysical interpretation of history. For Hegel, the Absolute Spirit is the substance of the universe which manifests itself through historical men who serve as agents for the accomplishment of its ultimate aim.