Quotation by Owen Barfield

By contrast with history, evolution is an unconscious process. Another, and perhaps a better way of putting it would be to say that evolution is a natural process, history a human one.... Insofar as we treat man as a part of nature—for instance in a biological survey of evolution—we are precisely not treating him as a historical being. As a historically developing being, he is set over against nature, both as a knower and as a doer.
Owen Barfield (b. 1898), British author, philosopher. History, Guilt, and Habit, ch. 1, University Press of New England (1981).
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