History and the Idea of Progress

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801429866
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/1995
  • Series: 9/11/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Revival of the Idea of History as a Rational Process
1 On the Possibility of Writing a Universal History 13
2 Hegel on History, Self-Determination, and the Absolute 30
Pt. II Retrospective: On the History of the Idea of History
3 Machiavelli and the Idea of Progress 61
4 Kant's Idea of History 75
5 The End of History in the Open-ended Age? The Life Expectancy of Self-evident Truth 97
6 Nietzsche and Spengler on Progress and Decline 117
Pt. III Contemporary Reflections: Where Is History Going?
7 Political Conflict after the Cold War 137
8 Enlightenment under Threat 155
9 "What Then?" The Irrepressible Radicalism of Democracy 167
10 Feminism and the Crisis of Contemporary Culture 196
11 The End of Leninism and History as Comic Frame 211
12 The Age of Limits 227
Notes 241
Notes on Contributors 263
Index 267
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