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Time and World PoliticsThinking the Present$
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Kimberly Hutchings

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073021

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073021.001.0001

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From fortune to history

From fortune to history

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(p.28) 2 From fortune to history
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Time and World Politics
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kimberly Hutchings

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073021.003.0002

This chapter takes a closer look at the accounts of political temporality that have surfaced as narratives of repetition, progress and decline. All of them took shape in response to the specific intellectual and political circumstances of late medieval and early modern Europe. Of all of them, this chapter argues, it is the progressive narrative that has had the most significant influence on the development of understandings of world politics since the seventeenth century. This chapter assesses the grounds and implications of progressive accounts of political time in more detail in the philosophies of history of Kant, Hegel and Marx. It also suggests that the kind of historicism that came to dominate the study of world history and politics in the nineteenth century followed from a ‘closed’ reading of the philosophy of history that reflected the influence of Darwin's evolutionary theory.

Keywords:   political temporality, world politics, progressive narrative, political time, Kant, Hegel, Marx, evolutionary theory

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