200th Anniversary of the End of History?

We’ve just had the 200th anniversary of the battle of Jena, and I’m trying to remember whether history ended with that battle or with Hegel’s completion of The Phenomenology of Spirit around the same time. Anyway, if we have just had the 200th anniversary of the end of history, the mass media seem to have pretty much ignored it completely (except, apparently, in Ottawa).

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  1. I’m currently struggling to understand something — anything — that Hegel said, and largely failing, so I don’t really know; but my impression was that the completion of the PhG didn’t mark the End of History, since it preceded the B of J (it was, of course, part of Hegel’s greatness to recognise the End before it happened). I’m not sure whether Hegel really did regard the B of J as the End, or whether this is one of the many myths about Hegel; at any rate, if he did, I doubt he held to that view (though perhaps he continued to see it as the Beginning of the End).
    It was, at least, the End of Hegel’s career at the University of Jena, which was closed down after the battle, leaving Hegel destitute. (Hegel, at least, didn’t claim that the End of History would be a pleasant thing for everyone).

  2. Time to drink a toast and dig out a copy of the Phenomenology.

    Incidentily, Stephen Houlgate of Warwick Uni is an actual, genuine full blown Hegelian who really does believe that Hegel was correct on pretty much every important point about… well, everything. He’s a nice guy though.

  3. If your name is an anagram of “He’s top Hegel-naut”, then you probably don’t have much choice in the matter.

  4. who wrote the piece for the Ottawa paper?
    Apparently, the Harper government is deeply influenced by a Voegelin and Hegel scholar named Barry Cooper, who runs a conservative think tank out in the prairies somewhere.

  5. I think the attribution of influence to Barry Cooper here is a bit exaggerated. He is indeed part of the so-called ‘Calgary School’, and a member of the conservative Fraser Institute, but he doesn’t run it, and other members of the Calgary School are closer to the Harper Gov’t (Cooper’s colleague Tom Flanagan is often cited as a major influence on Harper). I’m not sure how influential Cooper’s writings on political theology have been.
    But he is indeed a Hegel and (primarilly) Voegelin scholar; he also appears to be an expert climatologist — or, at any rate, he must be, since he’s able to dismiss claims about global warming.

  6. I had forgotten that Cooper is n’t head of the fraser institute.Thanks for the correction.
    Well,The US had the neo-cons and England had Peterhouse, so I.m not surprised that Canada has its own “conservative” or quasi-conservative,”school”
    Its interesting that Cooper is a Voegelin scholar,as Voegelin used to sternly reprove figures on the American right who appropiated his ideas. His own approach was summed up in the phrase” dont be an “ismist”.

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