Historical Teleologies in the Modern World - Europe's Legacy in the Modern World (Hardback)
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Historical Teleologies in the Modern World - Europe's Legacy in the Modern World (Hardback)

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Historical Teleologies in the Modern World tracks the fragmentation and proliferation of teleological understandings of history - the notion that history had to be explained as a goal-directed process - in Europe and beyond throughout the 19th and into the 20th century. Historical teleologies have profoundly informed a variety of other disciplines, including modern philosophy, natural history, literature, humanitarian and religious philanthropism, the political thought and practice of revolution, emancipation, imperialism, colonialism and anti-colonialism, the conceptualization of universal humankind, and the understanding of modernity in general. By exploring the extension and plurality of historical teleology, the essays in this volume revise the history of historicity in the modern period. Historical Teleologies in the Modern World casts doubt on the idea that a single, if powerful, conception of time could function as the unifying principle of all modern historicity, instead pursuing an investigation of the plurality of modern historicities and its underlying structures. By bringing together Western and non-Western histories, this book provides the first extended treatment of the idea of historical teleology. It will be of great value to students and scholars of modern global and intellectual history.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474221061
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 717 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm


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For almost two centuries, teleological conceptions of history defined a common condition for humanity with a limited selection of futures. The rich and wide-ranging essays comprising Historical Teleologies in the Modern World excavate teleology's multiple origins, contested pasts, and uncertain future. The book goes well beyond previous studies in its geographical breadth, methodological pluralism, and intellectual rigour and makes a striking contribution to world history, intellectual history, and the history of historical thinking. * David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University, USA *
With roots in antiquity, teleology is nonetheless a modern concept. This penetrating and wide-ranging volume reveals the global career of teleological patterns in historical thought and political action since the Enlightenment. Teleological thinking was not the province of any one tradition, religious or secular, but of many. Treating many parts of the world, the volume shows that a plurality of historical teleologies and their multiple temporalities provoked equally complex political tensions. Above all, if these essays give us new vantage points from which to critique the idea of historical teleology, they also demonstrate its tenacious hold upon the modern imaginary. * Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania, USA *

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