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Alternate History

This page is somewhat indirect in its approach to Alternate History as such - it is however very persuasively about the alternate approach to history that is based on the philosophy of Kant and Emerson - (and this, as detailed below, can lead us to a possible view of an Alternate History for Humanity).

"A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

  We have prepared a series of history pages that consider actual events and attempts to demonstrate how the promptings of Human Nature, as illustrated in the above image, can tellingly motivate human-historical actions.

"History is for human self-knowledge ... the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is."
R. G. Collingwood

This series of pages begins with a consideration of the Revolution of 1848 that we very much hope persuasively illustrates two principles:-
  • that Human Nature does underlie human-historical actions!!!
  • that a consideration the Unfolding of History can yield important clues to as "what man is" through an appreciation of "what man has done"!!!

The Revolution of 1848 begins

Emerson's call for a
"Transcendental Approach" to History
Niall Ferguson
Virtual History

Introductory quotations
"Central" mysticism insights
"Other" spiritual wisdom
"Central" poetry insights
"Other" poetry wisdom
Spirituality & the wider world

This sort of philosophising about Human Nature and human-historical actions can lead us to pose a question that is very much in line with Alternate History as such:-

Would it be beneficial if the multiplicity of states in which humanity lives each attempted to locally function to an appreciable extent as an "Open" Society?

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