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Critique Of The &Amp;Quot;End Of History&Amp;Quot; Argument As Posited By Fukuyama And Separately By Postmodernists

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Critique of the “End of History”, as posited by Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man” and by the Postmodernists




Contents

Part I
Introduction
Part II
Theoretical Framework: Analytical Philosophy of History
Postmodernists challenge to Analytic Philosophy of History
Critique of the Postmodern Attack
Conclusion
PART III:
Theoretical Framework:   Speculative philosophy of history
Speculative theories on ‘end of history’
PART IV:
Synopsis of the Fukuyama Thesis
PART V
Fukuyama Criticized:
A. Philosophical
B. Ideological
C. Empirical
D. Constant Human Nature
E. Obstacles to societies achieving “post-historical” development

PART VI
Conclusion


NOTES


Bibliography

PART I:

Introduction

The notion of an “end of history” has been proposed in Western Civilization, for as long as history has been a reflective activity of the Western mind.   Indeed Socrates proposed the notion in referring to the city-state as an attainment of ultimate perfection in socio-political structures.   But exactly what was implied by the phrase and it’s speculative implications, in light of their cyclical notion of history, is difficult to determine, other than that some level had been realized, presumably to be followed by a return to a beginning level, with some conception of replication.

It is comparatively easier to follow the reasoning of modern theorists, say since the Empiricist, Bacon, who suggest a unilinear notion of historical progress, in which some telos is reached as   a logical end point.   To this end theorists and philosophers like Kant, Hegal, Marx, Toynebee, and Spengler as well as scholars of Christendom typically provide speculative theories featuring some beginning point, a progression driven an internal force, and a telos, (goal or end point).   Once the progress culminates in this end point, change, by definition, is precluded, and history ends, since history is a propos change.

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