Problem

End of history

Other Names:
Western triumphalism
Post-historical sterility
Nature:

The end of history is a political and philosophical concept that supposes that a particular political, economic, or social system may develop that would constitute the end-point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and the final form of human government. A variety of authors have argued that a particular system is the "end of history" including Thomas More in Utopia, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx, Vladimir Solovyov, Alexandre Kojève and Francis Fukuyama in the 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man.

The concept of an end of history differs from ideas of an end of the world as expressed in various religions, which may forecast a complete destruction of the Earth or of life on Earth, and the end of the human race as we know it. The end of history instead proposes a state in which human life continues indefinitely into the future without any further major changes in society, system of governance, or economics.

Claim:
The triumph of the West, of the Western idea, is evident in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism and What we may be witnessing is the end of history as such: that is the end point of humanity's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. There are powerful reasons for believing that it is this ideal that will govern the material world in the long run, even though the complete application of liberalism has as yet only been achieved in the realm of ideas and consciousness.

The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one's life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post-historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual caretaking of the museum of history.

Counter Claim:
Far from ending, cultural conflict is erupting along civilizational fault lines. Tribalism was increasing. Ancient hatreds are rising to the surface. Culture is the preeminent force of conflict in the modern world. Politics, economics, ideology and national interests remain important, but culture trumps everything. Culture is bone deep, essential to a person's identity, and transcends national boundaries.
Broader Problems:
Triumphalism
Narrower Problems:
Historical naivety
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Date of last update
20.09.2018 – 02:58 CEST