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On the Future of HistoryThe Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath$
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Ernst Breisach

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226072791

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.001.0001

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The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History

The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History

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(p.25) 6 The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History
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On the Future of History
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.003.0006

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

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