9780761959045

Modernity and Postmodernity : Knowledge, Power and the Self

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    9780761959045

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    0761959041

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-06
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: Knowledge, Power and the Self 1(7)
The Discourses of Modernity: Enlightenment, Modernism and Fin-de-Siecle Sociology
8(24)
The Emergence of Modernity
8(6)
Towards Modernism
14(7)
The Fin-de-Siecle Critiques of Modernity
21(10)
Conclusion: Contested Modernities
31(1)
Modernity and Secularization: Religion and the Postmodern Challenge
32(20)
Blumenberg and Modernity
34(8)
Modernity and Tradition
42(4)
Postmodernism and Negative Theology
46(4)
Conclusion: Posttraditionalism in Question
50(2)
The Pathogenesis of Modernity: The Limits of the Enlightenment
52(20)
Horkheimer and Adorno: Enlightenment as Mass Deception
53(3)
Koselleck: Critique and Crisis
56(4)
Toulmin: Modernity's Hidden Agenda
60(4)
Voeglin: Modernity as Gnosticism
64(2)
Arendt: The Loss of the Political
66(4)
Conclusion: Developmental Logics
70(2)
The Impossibility of Modernity: Cultural Crystallization and the Problem of Contingency
72(16)
Posthistory and Cultural Crystallization
73(3)
Leo Strauss: Modernity as a Loss of Certainty
76(5)
Luhmann: A Self-Limiting Modernity
81(5)
Conclusion: Contingency and Communication
86(2)
Rescuing Modernity: The Recovery of the Social
88(26)
Habermas: From History to Discourse
89(11)
Lefebvre and Heller on Everyday Life
100(7)
Castoriadis and Touraine on Modernity and Postmodernity
107(6)
Conclusion: Discursive Space
113(1)
Postmodernism and the Possibility of Community
114(17)
What is Community?
115(4)
The Contemporary Rediscovery of Community
119(3)
Beyond Communitarianism: The Postmodernization of Community
122(5)
Community as a Cultural Imaginary
127(3)
Conclusion: Towards a Reflexive Community
130(1)
From Modernity to Postmodernity: Post-dialectics and the Aestheticization of the Social
131(25)
Postmodern Aesthetics
133(4)
Postmodernism as Deconstructive Theory
137(4)
Postmodernization
141(5)
Postmodern Politics
146(7)
Conclusion: Postmodernity beyond the West
153(3)
Further Reflections: Constructivism beyond Postmodernity
156(12)
Notes 168(5)
References 173(19)
Index 192

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