Sample History Essay Paper on Hegel’s Incommensurability Idea of African and European

It is; deduced that the African and the Western cultures are very distinct and are
incomparable, but rather, authentic to the regions of stakes. Hegel appreciates the fact; that these
cultures are different, and with this, there is a need to learn the cultures from diverged
backgrounds to enhance cohesion and build up a good rapport for the development. Therefore,
we are to discuss the factors that led to this notion of view. According to Hegel's view, it is,
noted that technology and artwork got their basis in the western regions. It is, therefore,
distinguished that Hegel; was aiming at the creation of a rational historical grounds of argument
on any issues.
In his view of world history, Hegel believes that world history begins in Asia and ends in
Europe, with other parts of Asia left untouched. His Eurocentrism ideological;l viewpoint brings
this. It is believed that all forms of historical works began in Europe and some Asian parts that
are the basis to the growth of any forms of industry, including art, technology, and so do the
agricultural aspects. Africa is left out of his argument as not much was to be discussed of African
states as they were viewed as retrogressive stakes (Bernasconi and Robert 2000, 171-201).
Africa is therefore considered in the dark as the western cultures are embraced, but this does not
rule out the aspect that he called for equality as per the terms of the slave labor that was elicited
by the plantation farming where he became the source of defense to the Marxism ideology where
there was a need to treat all the people with equal measure humanly.

The essence of freedom is a factor that encloses Hegel's philosophical views. It is;
realized that the cultures that existed in the European nations and the African nations were

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distinct from the other, and there was a need to embrace them such that the diverged interests of
the varied cultures are; realized. Amo's backup on this is when he, among others, arises to the
world of intellects to alienate the view of backwardness that was a tag for the African states. He
was a proud African to have, a very; intelligent thought that made him rise to heights as he grew
up in Guinea Bissau, embraced the cultures, and still managed to rank high in the philosophical
world (Emma-Adamah, Victor U. "Anton Wilhelm Amo 1703-1756)
The essence of self-consciousness is a factor that Hegel discusses in his philosophical
work. He concurs with the fact that there exists a varsity between the African Cultures and the
Western cultures. The act of the French revolution that called for the humanitarian treatment of
all humankind regardless of their racial grounds backed his work (Deutsch and Eliot 1991). This
factor is appreciated when African intellects, including Dubois and Amo, arise and stand their
opinions to defend their precious cultures. They also ranked similar to the world's great minds
like Alexander the Great and many other philosophers across the globe. In the eighteenth
century, Amos's intellectual competence and his higher intellectual capacity ranked him high
within and outside Africa that accorded him a matrix in German Enlightenment just from the
essence of being grateful and embracing the cultures while struggling for ecstasy in the view
(Emma-Adamah, Victor U. "Anton Wilhelm Amo 1703-1756) He also relates the spirit to the
nature as it exists in a conjunction stakes for it is by nature that the spiritual being is influenced.
He brings the distinction between nature and spirit to be finitude. He argues that nature's
beginning is not the beginning as they blend, and the spiritual and natural aspects of origin are
finite.
Hegel addresses the issue of adoption and completely adhering to the culture stakes. It is
noticed from his work that the western cultures embraced modernity and the modes of expression

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seem immorality on the African concept, if, perchance; an example is cited' of the dressing codes
that seem to be uncultured within the African stakes. It bis, therefore, discussed that the
incomparability of these cultures must remain unaltered, but rather embraced to enhance the
rational coexistence of both cultures across the globe (Seigel and Micol. 2005, 62-90)
Hegel is seen as the founder of humanity as he brought the notion of Marxism to
existentialism and later to Nazim (Tibebu and Teshale 2011). He views the west to be highly
different from the eastern end of the globe. He studies nature and extensively links it to the
spiritual aspects. He considers nature to be geared towards the unity of the species in existence
and diversified cultures, appreciating the other people's cultures to bring about rationality which
later o brings about cohesion. He argues that the western cultures were more sophisticated as
compared to the eastern nation’s cultures that by coming together, all the spiritual views of the
version of his thought of nature are realized (Tibebu and Teshale 2011)
He argues that human beings satisfy their wants in a very different way from animals.
Animals are said to have a restricted form of want satisfaction compared to human beings with
the same restrictions though they tend to make them universally approached. The needs are
universally met through the division and differentiation of the wants to fit the different scopes of
the need brackets.
Agrarian revolution and the onset of industrialization got the basis of his argument to the
notion of better built western cultures compared to the African states that were not given single
attention. All inventions and even the human developmental factors are said to have their basis
from the west and are incomparable to the African countries.

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We, therefore, should appreciate the diversity of cultures and embrace the individual
cultures to at least preserve heritage, promote culture citizenship and allow others to embrace
them by learning and gaining from them. Diversity is the source of growth as people share the
different approaches to life circumstances that are used to curb the unbecoming situations jointly
but in diverged vectors to allow a successful realization.

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References

Bernasconi, Robert. "With what must the philosophy of world history begin? On the racial basis
of Hegel's Eurocentrism." Nineteenth-Century Contexts 22, no. 2 (2000): 171-201.
Deutsch, Eliot, ed. Culture and modernity: East-West philosophical perspectives. University of
Hawaii Press, 1991.
Emma-Adamah, Victor U. "Anton Wilhelm Amo (1703-1756) the African‐German philosopher
of mind: an eighteen-century intellectual history." PhD diss., University of the Free State,
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Seigel, Micol. "Beyond compare: comparative method after the transnational turn." Radical
History Review 2005, no. 91 (2005): 62-90.
Tibebu, Teshale. Hegel and the Third World: the making of Eurocentrism in world history.
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