Modern and Postmodern Strategies: Gaming and the Question of Morality: Adorno, Rorty, Lyotard and Enzensberger

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The postmodern notion of gaming as a legitimate method of philosophical inquiry opposes the either/or model of modern discourse. Modern and Postmodern Strategies outlines the key issues informing the debate between modern and postmodern thought and focuses on the postmodern contention that the universalizing strategies of modern thought are cognitively and morally wrong. This study uses a range of theorists to explore the implications of monism and pluralism. By using the work of the poet Hans Magnus ...
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Overview

The postmodern notion of gaming as a legitimate method of philosophical inquiry opposes the either/or model of modern discourse. Modern and Postmodern Strategies outlines the key issues informing the debate between modern and postmodern thought and focuses on the postmodern contention that the universalizing strategies of modern thought are cognitively and morally wrong. This study uses a range of theorists to explore the implications of monism and pluralism. By using the work of the poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger, the author demonstrates that literary texts can function alongside - and often illuminate - the philosophical arguments between modern and postmodern thought.
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Using the work of German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger as an example of how literary work can explore the philosophical problems of relativism, realism, and antifoundationalism, the author discusses the problems raised by modernism's attempt to universalize systems of thought. He explores different traditions of American and European philosophy and argues that postmodernism's rejection of a metaphysical truth for a contextualized truth is not an abdication of moral responsibility, but is instead more able to explore moral issues without making false, and hence immoral, statements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Strategies of Discourse 7
Modern and Postmodern Modes of Discourse 7
Gaming Strategies: Commensuration and Proliferation 14
3 The Subject 19
The "I" as Text and the Self as Non-text 19
The Self and the Subjects of Discourse 21
The Constructed Subject 28
4 Reality 35
Reality and (Re)presentation 35
Finite and Infinite Pluralism 37
Finite Reality 44
Infinite Realities 49
Change and the Immutable 54
(Re)presenting "Reality": Representation as Identification 59
Avoiding Totalization: The Appeal to Contingency 66
Non-text: The Dimension of the Other 75
5 Rationality 79
Modes of Rational Discourse 79
Scientific Method and Commensuration 82
Closed Ethnocentrism 84
Open Ethnocentrism or Cultural Imperialism? 89
Rationality and the Incommensurable 96
The Intolerance of Method 101
The Subjectivity of Logical Constructs 107
Restrained Relativism: Towards a Postmodern Discourse 111
Non-argumentative Conversation 114
Fuzzy Discourse 119
6 Morality 129
Morality, Justice, and Gaming 129
The Consensus Requirement of Morality 132
Is Morality without Consensus Possible? 136
The Loss of the Value of "Value" 140
Empty Transcendence: Towards a Postmodern Justice 148
Alternative Models of Morality 155
Morality and Practice 167
7 Conclusion 177
Notes 183
Selected Bibliography 197
Index 215
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