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Two-World Metaphors, from Plato to Alan Greenspan

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

I explain my focus on the modem metaphor of two worlds. Starting with Plato and contemporaries in Greek cities, the bourgeoisie have imagined they are leaving a complex timeful world and are reaching ... More


Ecologists on Why History Will Never End

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Geologists in the early nineteenth century contradicted Newton’s thesis that nature is timeless. They were soon joined by biologists and physicists who also were heretics against the modern metaphor ... More


Economists Discover a New New World

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

U. S. economists until 1945 shared the belief in national isolation. Like the historians they were committed to private property but not international capitalism. Economists became the most important ... More


When Prophecy Fails

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter analyzes the response of political pundits such as Thomas Friedman to the collapse of their prophecies in the 1990s that the global marketplace would create a new world of peace and ... More


Historians against History

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

U.S. historians from 1789 to 1945 defined America as a timeless state of nature. They were participants in the world of a transnational bourgeois culture. Historians in England, France, or Sweden ... More


Literary Critics Become Cultural Critics

David W. Noble

in Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Until 1945 literary critics in the United States shared the belief of historians that middle-class nations were timeless space. American literature was a timeless expression of our national ... More


Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life

David W. Noble

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680580
eISBN:
9781452948669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

While other scholars have demonstrated that the global marketplace is timeful and complex and not timeless and simple, my book is unique because I analyze how four academic groups-historians, ... More


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