History as Contemporary History in the Thinking of Benedetto Croce


In this brief consideration of mine, trying to remain as faithful as possible to the texts taken into exam, I will first try to introduce the concept of history as contemporary history in the thinking of Benedetto Croce, whereas the second part of the reasoning will point toward proving and meditating on how such concept crosses the whole philosophical system of the Italian intellectual. What does contemporary history mean according to Benedetto Croce? Why is the spirit of the historian fundamental in the description of this concept? What kind of connection exists between story and contemporary history? What does pathology of history mean? How does the concept of contemporary history relate to that of awareness, of finished and thinking? These are but a few of the questions to which I tried to find an answer with this essay.

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Conati, N. (2015) History as Contemporary History in the Thinking of Benedetto Croce. Open Journal of Philosophy, 5, 54-61. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.51007.

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