After History?: Francis Kukuyama and His Critics

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In the euphoric aftermath of 1989's history-making events, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet Union, reviewers heralded Francis Fukuyama's national bestseller The End of History and the Last Man as "the first book to fully fathom the depth and range of the changes now sweeping through the world." In After History?, 13 critics from across the political spectrum offer provocative responses to Fukuyama's bold declaration that democracy and capitalism have triumphed over totalitarianism and socialism. Fukuyama ...
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Overview

In the euphoric aftermath of 1989's history-making events, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet Union, reviewers heralded Francis Fukuyama's national bestseller The End of History and the Last Man as "the first book to fully fathom the depth and range of the changes now sweeping through the world." In After History?, 13 critics from across the political spectrum offer provocative responses to Fukuyama's bold declaration that democracy and capitalism have triumphed over totalitarianism and socialism. Fukuyama responds directly to his critics in a concluding chapter.
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Crisis
Avoiding the polemics and misunderstandings that marked much of the early response to Fukuyama, this wonderful book gathers together a group of thinkers who take the 'End of History' thesis seriously indeed, even if ultimately to reject it. The reader is left with a picture of a first rate political philosopher...
Canadian Journal of Political Science
For anyone preoccupied with the themes of twentieth century political philosophy, this collection offers scholarly commentary.
Harvey C. Mansfield
Fukuyama's famous thesis about the end of history receives a thorough scrubbing in this excellent collection of responses. This book is a gift for anyone who wants to think over our present situation as a whole.
Thomas L. Pangle
This is essential reading, not only for students of politics, philosophy, sociology, but for any thoughtful person who truly wishes to grasp where we stand at this turning point in history, and what is at stake in the daring and almost always misunderstood Hegelian contention that we find ourselves at the 'End of History.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822630357
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Timothy Burns is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southwest Texas State University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The "End of History" or a Portal to the Future: Does Anything Lie Beyond Late Modernity? 1
2 From Fukuyama to Reality: A Critical Essay 23
3 Fukuyama and the End of History 39
4 Kant, Thymos, and the End of History 47
5 The End of Socialism's Historical Theology and Its Rebirth in Fukuyama's Thesis 55
6 Fukuyama versus the End of History 63
7 A Clarity Interfered With 81
8 The End of History? 111
9 Modernity's Irrationalism 131
10 The Ambiguity of the Hegelian End of History 171
11 Technology, Christianity, and the Universal and Homogeneous State 197
12 The Tower of Babel Rebuilt: Some Remarks on "The End of History" 217
13 Reflections on the End of History, Five Years Later 239
Index 259
About the Contributors 263
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