Not too long ago, nothing was deemed “real.” Now, however, everything seems to be. Why is that, and when did this shift occur? This afterword argues that the influence of an “Arrighian realism” is making itself felt in emergent historical materialist reassessments of how to measure properly historical motion. After the “end of history,” in other words, history went on anyway. This afterword explores the various ways in which this phenomenon has manifested itself and considers how our special issue contributors have questioned and enriched our understanding of realism(s).

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