Consequences of Enlightenment / Edition 1

Consequences of Enlightenment / Edition 1

by Anthony J. Cascardi, A. J. Cascardi
     
 

What is the relationship between contemporary intellectual culture and the European Enlightenment it claims to reject? In Consequences of Enlightenment, Anthony J. Cascardi revisits the arguments advanced in Horkheimer and Adorno's seminal work Dialectic of Enlightenment. Cascardi argues against the view that postmodern culture has rejected Enlightenment beliefs and… See more details below

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What is the relationship between contemporary intellectual culture and the European Enlightenment it claims to reject? In Consequences of Enlightenment, Anthony J. Cascardi revisits the arguments advanced in Horkheimer and Adorno's seminal work Dialectic of Enlightenment. Cascardi argues against the view that postmodern culture has rejected Enlightenment beliefs and explores instead the continuities contemporary theory shares with Kant's theory of judgment. The positive consequences of Kant's failed ambition to bring the project of Enlightenment to completion, he argues, are evident in the aesthetic basis on which subjectivity has survived in the contemporary world. Cascardi explores the link between aesthetics and politics in thinkers as diverse as Habermas, Derrida, Arendt, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Wittgenstein in order to reverse the tendency to see works of art simply in terms of the worldly practices among which they are situated. Works of art, he argues, are themselves capable of disclosing truth. The book explores the post-Enlightenment implications of Kant's claim that feeling, and not only cognition, may provide a ground for knowledge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521484909
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #30
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The consequences of Enlightenment1
2Aesthetics as critique49
3The difficulty of art92
4Communication and transformation: aesthetics and politics in Habermas and Arendt132
5The role of aesthetics in the radicalization of democracy175
6Infinite reflection and the shape of praxis213
7Feeling and/as force241
Index266

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