CHAPTER FIVE
Contrasting Political Ideals After 1870

When in the romantic and idealistic era, the idea was formulated that the history of humanity is nothing but the story of liberty, by this saying were established both the criterion for interpreting the history of humanity and the idea of religion intrinsic in it.

Is it possible to substitute a different concept for the concept of liberty, or at least to complete it and go beyond it to a loftier concept? At first sight, it would seem so, in virtue of a logical doctrine which was given credence at that time, namely, that each successive philosophy uses as a phase of its own the constructive principle of the preceding one. And it would also seem so on the basis of fact, because, especially from 1870 on, skepticism and

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