Ernst Cassirer, Language & Conception

"...All genuine historical reflection, instead of losing itself in contemplation of the merely singular and non-recurrent, must strive, like the morphological thought of Goethe, to find those 'pregnant' moments in the course of events where, as in focal points, whole series of occurences are epitomized. In such points, phases of reality that are temporally widely separated become connected and linked for historical conception and understanding. As certain high moments are culled from the uniform stream of time, and are related to each other, and concatenated in series, the origin and end of all happenings, their whence and whither, is gradually illumined."

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