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The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History

in On the Future of History

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226072791
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226072814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.003.0006
The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History

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The postmodernists' case against the progressive view of history was based on the discrepancy between visionary expectations and reality. Each of the modern philosophies of history—be it that of Condorcet, Hegel, Marx, or others—stipulated an end stage of history, established through the perfection of one or another aspect of the human condition. Their ethical and political motives made postmodernists reaffirm the concept of a proper human condition. However, they have not envisaged a triumphant ending in which progress (change) ended in a state of full rationality (continuity). Instead, structural postmodernists foresaw a postmodernity in which a tightly limited routine life warranted the life of perfect continuity.

Keywords: progressive view; political motives; postmodernists; human condition; postmodernity; continuity

Chapter.  505 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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