In this unit, students will explore various discourses of the end of history as they have developed in the post-WWII world and their impact upon our current intersecting climate and economic crises. On the far side of the Cold War, seeing the fall of the Berlin Wall as a sign, American philosopher Francis Fukuyama claimed that history had ended in the final victory of liberal capitalism and the end of ideological struggle. Many consider the 1990’s to be emblematic of this end of history. However, a new end of history is now on our horizons in the form of ecological catastrophe brought on by the developmental forces leading to the universalization of liberal capitalism. Indeed, cracks are appearing in the liberal capitalist democratic project from a number of angles: immigration and refugee crises, ecological catastrophe, reenergized nationalisms, and economic crisis. Students will explore the history of these developments, the theological visions inspiring various thinkers involved here, and the eco-theological and political theological resources on offer to negotiate these problems in the doctrines of creation and eschatology.
Unit code: AP3700T
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3
Unit discipline: Philosophy
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this unit is running
Articulate key developments in contemporary eco-theology and political theology
Critically evaluate the relationship between the doctrines of creation and eschatology.
Outline the emergence of the end of history thesis and its relationship to the political theological formation of the present
Critically evaluate ethical responses to the intersecting climate and ecological crises.
Students should have completed at least one Undergraduate Level 2 unit in CT or AP.
Lectures, tutorials, online discussion, forum
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit record last updated: 2019-11-08 11:48:09 +1100