Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History

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Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History

The author's denunciation of apocalyptic thinking provides a moral, philosophical, and literary challenge to the way most of us make sense of our worlds. In our search for coherence, Bernstein argues, we tend to see our lives as moving toward a predetermined fate. This "foreshadowing" demeans the variety, the richness, and especially the unpredictability of everyday life. Apocalyptic history denies the openness and choice available to its actors. Bernstein chooses the Holocaust as the prime example of our tendency toward foregone conclusions. He argues eloquently against politicians and theologians who depict the Holocaust as foreordained and its victims as somehow implicated in a fate they should have been able to foresee. But his argument ranges wider. From recent biographies of Kafka to the Israeli - PLO peace accords, from campus cultural diversity debates to the Crown Heights riots, Bernstein warns against our passive acceptance of historical or personal victimization.

Specifications of Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History

GENERAL
AuthorMichæl André Bernstein
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
EditionFirst Edition
ISBN-100520087852
ISBN-139780520087859
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number Of Pages181
Publication Date1994-10-04
DIMENSIONS
Height0.72 inch.
Length9.27 inch.
Width6.32 inch.
Weight1.15 pounds.

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