Maturity and Modernity: Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the Ambivalence of Reason

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Maturity and Modernity examines Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault as having a distinct trajectory of critical thinking within modern thought which traces the emergence and development of genealogy in the form of imminent critique. David Owen clarifies the relationship between these thinkers and responds to Habermas' (and Dews') charge that these thinkers are nihilists and that their approach is philosophically incoherent and practically irresponsible by showing how genealogy as a practical activity is directed toward the achievements of human autonomy.

The scope of the book covers the critical methodologies developed by these thinkers with respect to the analysis of how we have become what we are and the implication which they draw for the possibility of human autonomy in the present. It proceeds by detailed analysis of each thinker in turn showing the structure of their approach, their historical account of the emergence of modernity, and the politics of their attempts to facilitate the achievement of human autonomy.

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Examines the work of Nietzsche, Weber, and Foucault as a distinct trajectory of modern thought, tracing the emergence and development of genealogy as a form of immanent critique. Aims to clarify the relations between these thinkers and to respond to Habermas' charge that they are nihilists by showing how genealogy as a practical activity is directed towards the achievement of human autonomy. Includes a glossary. This paperback edition is the same as the original published in 1994. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415053983
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/13/1994
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations used in the text
Introduction 1
1 Kant and the Question of Maturity 7
2 The Transformation of Critique: Nietzsche and Genealogy 17
3 The Genealogy of Modernity: Nietzsche, Asceticism and Nihilism 33
4 The Politics of the Ubermensch: Nietzsche, Maturity and Modernity 63
5 Genealogy as Cultural Science: Weber, Methodology and Critique 84
6 The Genealogy of Modernity: Weber, Asceticism, and Disenchantment 101
7 The Politics of 'Personality': Weber, Maturity and Modernity 123
8 Genealogy as Historical Ontology: Foucault, Methodology and Critique 140
9 The Genealogy of Modernity: Foucault, Humanism and Biopolitics 163
10 The Politics of Critique: Foucault, Maturity and Modernity 197
Conclusion 214
Glossary 219
Notes 225
Bibliography 239
Name index 248
Subject index 250
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