Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hegel’s World-Historical Man: Julius Caesar

Hegel says that the world-historical man is firm, decisive, and blessed with a sense of history, and through his words and deeds, he gets recognized as the great hero of his epoch. He holds Julius Caesar as an exemplar of a world-historical man—he notes that Caesar fought and conquered his rivals, and destroyed the constitution of Rome to gain a position of supremacy in Roman politics, but what makes him crucial for the world is that his autocratic and violent political methods were necessary for unifying the Roman Empire and driving history in the right direction.

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