Hegel: german philosopher said history is understandable, theres a way that it unfolds. Theres a
beginning, middle and an end.
Fukuyama said fall of berlin wall was the end of history.
History of human consciousness
History of philosophy
Not kings, queens, presidents: they steal big ideas, big ideas
When you see a war, u see ppl dying but whats really happening is a clash of ideas
Ideas and the organization of human society
Really big ideas are those that organize human society
Liberal democratic state (us)
Hegal and liberal state
Said that when napoleon came to attack Germany, it was the end of history. End of kings/queen
as a liberal state comes. The ultimate idea has come, no more big ideas.
Hega was right but a bit off.
1806 is not the end, 1989 was.
Only one standing. Osamas idea is not very appealing, no genuine challenge.
Big challengers to libral demo had been defeated in realm of ideas (communism/fascism)- THE
Communism exists but not by beliefs, just by fear and not universal.
Christian, jewish, Islamic fundamentalism: yes they are there but they are not universal so their
ideas are already lost. Not a fundamental challenge.
Great Britain was a small island, but it became powerful because of the ideas.
Fukuyama made his theory during the American triumph Although many countries became democratic, some broke down and half of those never went
A more pessimistic view compared to