Philosophers and theologians have not been alone during the present age of crisis in trying to solve, or at least to illuminate, the riddle of human existence. In their attempts to find meaning for the life of man, they have been joined by many historians who are convinced that it is also an essential part of their task to discover some clue to whatever destiny might be in store for the human species. As a result, the past quarter of a century has seen the appearance of a host of books, pamphlets, and articles devoted to the subject of meaning in history. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "Pt. XXIV: Historical Meaning." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 1-5.