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Was heißt Fortschritt in den Kulturwissenschaften? 

This essay explores concepts of evolution and progress in exemplary nineteenth and twentieth century contributions to cultural historiography: Theodor Mommsen, Andrea Carandini, Max Weber, Isaiah Berlin. How are such concepts related to the ways these scholars position themselves epistemologically within the theory and history of science? In a critical confrontation with these examples Ernst Cassirer's model of historiography is discussed as a cultural science of action.