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Enlightenment's Wake: Politics and Culture at the Close of the Modern Age
     

Enlightenment's Wake: Politics and Culture at the Close of the Modern Age

by John Gray (2)
 

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Enlightenment's Wake argues that all schools of contemporary political thought are variations on the Enlightenment Project and that this Enlightenment project has proved self-undermining, and is now exhausted. John Gray argues that both the desire of

fundamentalist liberalism to salvage the Enlightenment, and the traditionalist desire to reverse it, are

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Enlightenment's Wake argues that all schools of contemporary political thought are variations on the Enlightenment Project and that this Enlightenment project has proved self-undermining, and is now exhausted. John Gray argues that both the desire of

fundamentalist liberalism to salvage the Enlightenment, and the traditionalist desire to reverse it, are doomed to failure.

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For readers familiar with Gray's previous works it may come as a surprise that he rejects conservatism in this latest critique, as well as liberalism, though further developing the seeds of a cooperative "green" approach to social politics. Gray's arguments rest in the slaying of Enlightenment thinking that continues to shape contemporary thought on the right and left, and which, he claims, undermines new, necessary alternatives. Gray advocates a post post-modern attitude, moving from theoretical criticism to implementation of a decentralized cultural cooperation and rejection of the traditional heritage of Western cultural imperialism as "the project of a universal civilization." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Gray is one of our best social and political theorists ... This powerful and radical work opens as many doors as it closes.' - New Statesman

'Gray is a clever and energetic political theorist in the analytical mode. He is also dauntingly well-read and up-to-date.' - Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134097050
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Series:
Routledge Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
505,092
File size:
327 KB

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John Gray is one of the most internationally renowned and widely read political theorists writing today. The best-selling author of such books as Straw Dogs and Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, he is currently Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.

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