[PW] Hegel's dictum

Charles Early charles.early at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 09:24:53 PDT 2017

A fuller quote, in the form "But what experience and history teach is this:
that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or
acted on principles deduced from it." appears in
Hume, Hegel and Human Nature - Page 142 - Google Books Result
​ (​
​), with the citation (PGN, 21, amended: ​WL VIII, 179).  I don't know what
the abbreviations stand for, but perhaps someone can check.

I found this version of the quote in Jerry Pournelle's introduction to the
Kornbluth story "The Only Thing We Learn".

Charles Early

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM, John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com>

> It was in his introduction to Heartbreak House (1919) that George
> Bernard Shaw quipped: "Alas! Hegel was right when he said that we
> learn from history that men never learn anything from history,"
> I can't find any appearance of Hegel's dictum before Shaw.
> Where did Hegel make this observation? The source and the original
> text in German would be helpful.
> John Henderson
> Ithaca College Library
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