Francis Fukuyama and the End of History

Author(s): Howard Williams E. Gwynn Matthews David Sullivan

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • December 1997 · 192pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708314272
  • ·Hardback - 9781783168767
  • ·Paperback - 9780708314289
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783168781
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783168798
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783168774

About The Book

In the early 1990s the American academic, political commentator and government advisor, Francis Fukuyama, leapt to prominence with his argument that society had entered a new and lasting phase. He claimed that the change was so dramatic that it might be accurately depicted as the end of history. Fukuyama derived his argument from the writings of Kant, Hegel and a critical reading of Marx. This new phase represented the worldwide triumph of liberal democracy with the collapse of communism. History has ended in the sense that there is no more room for large ideological battles. This volume is an in-depth discussion of Fukuyama’s argument. It also relates Fukuyama’s theory of history, to Karl Popper’s criticism of historicism and attempts to denote the connection between Fukuyama’s account of history and its importance in evaluating the recent course of international relations and US foreign policy.


'This excellent study deals with Francis Fukuyama's high-profile, and controversial, work on "The End of History"...the authors leave one convinced of Fukuyama's importance, though not necessarily his correctness...This book is a fascinating read, and is itself a substantive and timely contribution to the philosophy of history.' Philosophy in Review

About the Author(s)

Howard Williams

Howard Williams is Professor in Political Theory at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University and is the general editor of the Political Philosophy Now series.

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E. Gwynn Matthews

E.Gwynn Mathews has taught philosophy in the Department of Lifelong Learning and also lectured in philosophy of religion in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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David Sullivan

David Sullivan is former head of the School of Lifelong Learning and a senior lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University.

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