History, causal scientism and the emergence of freedom

Source: The material on the eonic model from World History and the Eonic Effect: distinction of system action and free action appears throughout – 1848+: The End(s) of History

We have tried to plead a cautionary note as to Marx’s theory of history and pointed to a far more complex picture than what the era of scientism in which Marx emerged was able to portray. One might critique the so-called ‘eonic model’ but a closer look shows a way to approach world history empirically and with a more robust balance of interpretative ideas. The issue of values in the realm of fact is easily highlighted in that new model and a simplified outline of world history without the baggage of theory might help to reorient a new generation to a more useful perspective on the complexity of world history with its demand to consider the issue of freedom beyond causal science.

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