The Scientific Study of History-Speculative Philosophy of History Explained

16 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2019

Date Written: June 27, 2019

Abstract

This paper suggests ever increasing human knowledge of the world around us is the driving force for much social and cultural evolution. It examines the order of discovery of our knowledge of the world around us and notes this knowledge comes to us in a particular and necessary order from the easiest to discover to the more difficult to discover. The necessary order of the discoveries means they can be rationally analysed and understood and this enables the study of social and cultural evolution to be put on a scientific basis. It also enables us to make scientifically based predictions about the future for the human species.

Keywords: speculative philosophy of history, scientific study of history, cultural evolution, macro sociology, meta history, big history, Marx, philosophy of history, technological determinism, course of history, social history, cultural history, hunter gatherers, agrarian societies, industrial societies

JEL Classification: N, O

Suggested Citation

Forrester, Rochelle, The Scientific Study of History-Speculative Philosophy of History Explained (June 27, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3410733 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3410733

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