Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historical Perspective / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415913836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham and Allison Sneider are all in the History department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Joyce Appleby's most recent publications include Telling the Truth about History (1994) and Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination.

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Table of Contents

Knowledge and Postmodernism in Historic Perspective: Introduction 1
The Advancement of Learning 31
Discourse on Method 42
Essay Concerning Human Understanding 51
The Wealth of Nations 62
That Politics May Be Reduced to a Science 74
Of the Origin of Justice and Property 78
Of Scepticism with Regard to Reason 86
Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style: Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth Century 94
What is Enlightenment? 106
Sketch of the Progress of the Human Mind 112
Nature and Natural Science 124
Democracy in America 146
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
Selected Aphorisms from The Gay Science 191
Selected Aphorisms from Beyond Good and Evil 201
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 215
"Objectivity" in Social Science and Science Policy 241
Conflicting Interpretations of the Rise of Capitalism: Marx and Weber 246
Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry 266
Patterns of Culture 281
The Savage Mind 298
Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 310
Dialectic of the Enlightenment 326
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 340
Epistemological Crises, Dramatic Narrative, and the Philosophy of Science 357
The Model of the Text 369
The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality 395
What Is Enlightenment? 410
The History of Sexuality 418
Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences 437
Declarations of Independence 449
Private Irony and Liberal Hope 456
Science as Solidarity 464
A Genealogy of Modern Racism 476
The Condition of Postmodernity 494
Philosophy as Stand-In and Interpreter 509
Habermas and the Public Sphere 521
Feminism and the Question of Postmodernism 540
Suggestions for Further Reading 555
Glossary 557
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