With the development of Western philosophy began to take shape the new definition of history. Seeking to explain the essence and meaning of human life, thinkers turned to the study of history, or to find in it the solution of their problems, or to confirm the historical data his abstract constructions. Consistent with the various philosophical systems, one way or another determined by the purpose and meaning of history itself. Here are some of these definitions: Bossuet (1627-1704) and Laurent (1810-1887) understood as an image of the history of world events, which were expressed with particular brightness ways of Providence, guiding human life for their own purposes. The Italian Vico (1668-1744) the task of history as a science, thought the image of the same conditions that are destined to experience all the nations. The well-known philosopher Hegel (1770-1831) ever seen an image of the process by which "absolute spirit" reached its self-knowledge (Hegel explained the entire world lives as the development of the "absolute spirit"). It would not be wrong to say that all these stories philosophy require essentially the same: to depict the story should not all the facts of the past life of mankind, but only the main exhibiting its general meaning.
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