Neo-Idealism in History
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In Germany positivism never gained as great a hold as in France or Italy. To a German, an idealist philosophy was a kind of second nature. For it was in this mold that German thought had been cast in the great era from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolution of 1848. Like his contemporary Henry Adams, Wilhelm Dilthey was so old-fashioned that by the end of his life he had become a modern. Like Adams, Dilthey lived in the spiritual world of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; the main part of his own century passed him by; as an old man he found himself rather surprisingly cast in the role of a pathfinder to the thought of the new century that was opening. The master of twentieth-century French philosophy and his Italian counterpart had in common the elegant simplicity of their literary style.