CHAPTER SEVEN
PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY AGAINST ITSELF

THERE IS A TENDENCY FOR HUMAN PURPOSE TO PROSPER AND DEvelop. It is only a tendency and the facts have prevented us from calling it a law. But not many years ago, as people understood the facts, they found it logical to believe that history was governed by a law of growth and accumulation. Many believed in the inevitability of progress.

This belief saved them from the problem of discontinuity. A belief in progress obliged them to admit the relativity of truth, but at the same time it cured the principal difficulty issuing from this doctrine. For, according to the theory of progress, the unbroken growth of the world is paralleled by an unbroken growth of our knowledge of the world. Hence, while the knowledge of one period will be altered by being augmented, it will never be diminished. What is true in one period remains true thereafter, although subject to reinterpretation. Today, however, we find untenable the premise on which this happy conclusion is founded and so the relativity of truth means for us that sooned or later our present knowledge will unexpectedly lead to frustration or disaster.

We might speak of this effect of the passing of the belief in progress as a breakdown of "philosophy of history." The fathers of philosophy of history, Kant, Hegel, and Marx, believed in progress. Modern philosophers of history do not, and thereby open their theories to a crushing objection.

For the doctrine of the relativity of truth, which philosophy of history so convincingly documents, now turns upon philosophy of history itself. If any body of truth is relative to a certain kind of society and a certain period of history, what

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