History and the Idea of Progress
History and the Idea of Progress
Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman

History and the Idea of Progress

Cornell University Press (1995)
Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman

The publication of Francis Fukuyama’s article “The End of History?” prompted a wave of public debates about democracy, progress, and the idea of history. In this book, twelve distinguished cultural commentators offer a brilliant array of responses to those debates.

In his controversial essay Fukuyama had considered whether Western-style democracy might be the endpoint of an inevitable historical development. The chapters in the present volume-none of which has appeared elsewhere-include both a keynote essay by Fukuyama and a series of spirited alternatives to his position. Additional essays examine the historical and philosophical origins of the idea of History that lies behind today’s perspectives on progress and politics.

Contributers; Joseph Cropsey. Werner J. Dannhauser. Jean Bethke Elshtain. Francis Fukyuama. Alan Gilbert. Samuel P. Huntington. Christopher Lasch. Harvey C. Mansfield. Conor Cruis O’Brien. Terry Pinkard. Richard Rorty. Susan Shell.