Utopia, dystopia, utopistics, or the end of utopia: On Wallerstein's critique of historical materialism

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Abstract

Wallerstein's project of refunctioning and reviving historical materialism's utopian dimension is placed within the context of a venerable tradition of similar projects, the most notable having been Ernst Bloch's and, more recently, that of Jürgen Habermas. Wallerstein's utopistics are reinscribed within a project of a critique, in the Kantian sense, of utopian reason, and in this way, it is argued, the utopian sources and yearnings of historical materialism are made relevant for an age that suffers from a lack of transformative visions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-243
Number of pages19
JournalReview
Volume25
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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