This course explores the origins of the contemporary discipline of history, how it functions in its academic context, and the ideological currents most influential in the discipline today. Beginning with Augustine’s City of God, students will engage with Christian reflections on theoretical questions in the study of history and bring them into conversation with other important contemporary schools of thought, with the goal of developing their own mature Christian perspective on the nature and meaning of history.
Philosophy of History (HIS‑301) HIS-307/407 is the Capstone Course for the History program and is required for all majors in the 4th year.
Philosophy of History
A treatment of selected topics relating to historical consciousness and the nature of historical knowledge. Both classical and contemporary positions on historical explanations will be considered.