Australasia's Biggest Online Store

Shop over a million Toys in our Huge New Range

Debating the End of History

Why do modern people assume that there will be perpetual economic growth? Because, David W. Noble tells us in this provocative study of cultural criticism, such a utopian conviction is the necessary foundation for bourgeois culture. One can imagine the existence of modern middle classes only as long as the capitalist marketplace is expanding. For Noble, the related--and relevant--question is, how can the middle classes believe that a finite earth is an environment in which infinite growth is possible? The answer, which Noble so painstakingly charts, is nothing less than a genealogy of the uses and abuses of knowledge that lie at the heart of so many of our political problems today.As far back as Plato and as recently as Alan Greenspan, Noble finds proponents of the idea of a world of independent, rational individuals living in timeless simplicity, escaping from an old world of interdependence and generations. Such notions, although in sync with Newtonian science, have come up against the subsequent conclusions of geology, biology, and the physics of Einstein. In a survey of the responses to this quandary of historians, economists, literary critics, and ecologists, Noble reveals how this confrontation, and its implications for a single global marketplace, has forced certain academic disciplines into unnatural--and untenable--positions.David Noble's work exposes the cost--not academic at all--of the segregation of the physical sciences from the humanities and social sciences, even as it demonstrates the required movement of the humanities toward the ecological vision of a single, interconnected world.

Product Details

Table of Contents

Contents ForewordDavid R. Roediger Acknowledgments 1. Two-World Metaphors, from Plato to Alan Greenspan 2. Historians against History 3. Economists Discover a New New World 4. Literary Critics Become Cultural Critics 5. Ecologists on Why History Will Never End 6. When Prophecy Fails Notes Index

About the Author

David W. Noble, professor emeritus at University of Minnesota, is the author of many influential books including The Progressive Mind, 1890-1917, The End of American History, and Death of a Nation: American Culture and the End of Exceptionalism. David R. Roediger is professor of history and African American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


"This is a major book by an important American studies scholar who takes a long view of U.S. and transnational history and culture while making important connections to significant contemporary ideas and movements such as neoliberalism and Tea Party politics. David W. Noble makes a compelling case for the continuing significance of the metaphor of two worlds for understanding the neoliberal disorder around us." --Shelley Streeby

Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » History » General
Home » Books » Nonfiction » Politics » General
Home » Books » Business » Economics » Theory
Home » Books » History » United States » General
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life (Critical American Studies) on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top