ABSTRACT

In the previous chapter we saw the emergence of a contemporary school of analytic philosophy of history interpreted by many – particularly irate historians – as heralding ‘the end of history’ as a viable discipline, were it to be taken seriously. Deriving from the postmodernist movement in general, its proponents relate their perceptions to the times we live in. The troubled twentieth century, combined with novel features of contemporary capitalism, convinces them of the need to rethink the very basis upon which we approach ‘knowing’ reality.