Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective

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Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective offers answers to the questions, what is postmodernism? and what exactly are the characteristics of the modernism that postmodernism supercedes? This comprehensive reader chronicles the western engagement with the nature of knowledge during the past four centuries while providing the historical context for the postmodernist thought of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty and Hayden White, and the challenges their ideas have posed to our conventional...
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Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective offers answers to the questions, what is postmodernism? and what exactly are the characteristics of the modernism that postmodernism supercedes? This comprehensive reader chronicles the western engagement with the nature of knowledge during the past four centuries while providing the historical context for the postmodernist thought of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty and Hayden White, and the challenges their ideas have posed to our conventional ways of thinking, writing and knowing.

From the science of things to the science of human beings to the grand social theorizing associated with Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx and Max Weber, Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective presents readings from the succession of thinkers whose writings helped define modern sensibilities by analyzing the human capacity for generating knowledge.

The volume follows the knowledge-generating project of the modern age as it blossoms in the Enlightenment and bears fruit in the nineteenth century. The writings included reveal the linkages between science, the history of science, hermeneutics, anthropology, sociology, linguistics and philosophy from Francis Bacon's call for experimental engagement with nature in the seventeenth century to Jurgen Habermas' recent analysis of the civil society spawned by the Enlightenment.

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An anthology of 31 essays by the philosophically gifted selected by the editors as historically significant to the "post" in postmodernism, exhibiting the shift away from documentation and interpretation to an exploration of significance. The collection begins with Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, traveling into 19th century social theory with Marx and Nietzsche, the challenges to those theories presented by Dewey and Kuhn, and the deconstruction of modernity with Foucault, Derrida, and Cornel West. In the final section, Habermas and Benhabib (among others) respond to postmodernism, taking us into the post postmodern contexts of the future. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415913829
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Timeline
Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historic Perspective: Introduction 1
29
The Advancement of Learning 31
41
Discourse on Method 42
50
Essay Concerning Human Understanding 51
61
The Wealth of Nations 62
73
That Politics May Be Reduced to a Science 74
Of the Origin of Justice and Property 78
Of Scepticism with Regard to Reason 86
93
Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style: Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth Century 94
105
What is Enlightenment? 106
110
Sketch of the Progress of the Human Mind 112
123
Nature and Natural Science 124
145
Democracy in America 146
164
Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 165
The Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 168
The Communist Manifesto 175
The German Ideology 180
189
Selected Aphorisms from The Gay Science 191
Selected Aphorisms from Beyond Good and Evil 201
213
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 215
"Objectivity" in Social Science and Science Policy 241
245
Conflicting Interpretations of the Rise of Capitalism: Marx and Weber 246
265
Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry 266
279
Patterns of Culture 281
296
The Savage Mind 298
309
Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 310
324
Dialectic of the Enlightenment 326
338
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 340
356
Epistemological Crises, Dramatic Narrative, and the Philosophy of Science 357
368
The Model of the Text 369
393
The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality 395
408
What Is Enlightenment? 410
The History of Sexuality 418
435
Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences 437
Declarations of Independence 449
455
Private Irony and Liberal Hope 456
Science as Solidarity 464
475
A Genealogy of Modern Racism 476
493
The Condition of Postmodernity 494
508
Philosophy as Stand-In and Interpreter 509
520
Habermas and the Public Sphere 521
539
Feminism and the Question of Postmodernism 540
Suggestions for Further Reading 555
Glossary 557
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