M.A. in Global Thought graduate Addis Goldman (Class of 2021) published a book review titled,”Finding Fukuyama’s Ends: Between Aspirations and History” for the book, After the End of History: Conversations with Francis Fukuyama.
Goldman writes that “even if somewhat hackneyed, After the End of History: Conversations with Francis Fukuyama is a timely coda of sorts––perhaps, even, an apologia for his zeitgeist-defining speculations about the fate of world order and human government.
Organized as a series of fireside-chat-style interviews with Mathilde Fasting, a fellow at the Norwegian think tank CIVITA, After the End of History covers a lot of terrain, from Fukuyama’s disenchantment with poststructuralism as a graduate student in the 1970s to reflections on his many weighty volumes, including The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011). Each conversation is organized by thematic chapter headings, such as “How Does Human Nature Shape Society?” and “How Can We Make Liberal Democracies Thrive?”
There are far too many subjects covered in these pages to fully elaborate on—from J.G.A. Pocock’s reading of Machiavellian republicanism to COVID-19 and antitrust regulation—and this gives the odd impression that the book is a kind of memoir wrapped up in a series of TED talks, which is not altogether satisfying. Inevitably, perhaps, the last chapter is titled “The Future of History.” As Fukuyama soberly reflects: “Things obviously look much more pessimistic today than they did thirty years ago.”’
Read the full review from The Hedgehog Review here.