Journal of Philosophical Investigations

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Candidate of Philosophy, University of Tabriz

2 Assistant Professor of Philosophy Department, University of Tabriz


The stance of history in Metaphysics has never been as elevated as it is after Hegel, although Hegel was not the first to bring the issue of ‘history’ into the arena of philosophy. Hegel entered ‘history’ into the ‘substance’ and the world, holding that ‘substance’ is an essentially historical phenomenon, while History is nothing but the manifestation of the world’s spirit. Almost a hundred years after Hegel, another philosopher emerged who, in one sense, revived the notion of ‘history’ and its relationship with the Being. He altered Husserl’s non-historical phenomenology (notwithstanding his final writings) into a historical phenomenology and believed in a historical essence for Da-sein which, according to him, is the only way to deal with the truth of Being. The points of convergence and divergence between Hegel and Heidegger on history and historicity have by far been the subject of a hot dispute. But the root of all these discussions, i.e. the two thinker’s approach to the concept of ‘time’ is often taken for granted. The present article tends to provide an approximate account of Hegel and Heidegger's approaches to the concept of ‘time’. Then, referring to Heidegger's critique of Hegel (especially Hegel's conception of time) in the final chapter of Being and Time, this paper equally attempts to acquit Hegel of these criticisms, and even turn some of these critiques back to Heidegger's philosophy.


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