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The introduction by Merold Westphal sets the scene: Two books, two visions of philosophy, two friends and sometimes colleagues.... Modernity and Its Discontents is a debate between Caputo and Marsh in which each upheld their opposing philosphical positions by critical modernism and post-modernism. The book opens with a critique of each debater of the other's previous work. With its passionate point-counterpoint form, the book recalls the philosphical dialogues of classical times, but the writing style remains lucid and uncluttered. Taking the failure of Englightenment ideals as their common ground, the debaters challenge each other's ideas on the nature of post-foundationalist critique. At the core of the argument lies the timely question of the role that each person can play in creating a truly humane society.
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A critique of high modernism from a newly formulated Marxist perspective, achieved through analyses of texts by Marx and Adorno, Manet's paintings, and the works of several Latin American writers. A lucid attempt at a mediated dialogue between the critical modernism of Marsh's Post-Cartesian meditations, deeply indebted to the thought of Jurgen Habermas, and the postmodernism of John D. Caputo's Radical hermeneutics, equally indebted to the thought of Jacques Derrida. Based on a symposium at Fordham U. in March 1989. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823213450
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Marsh is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Fordham University. He has published widely in such philosophical journals as International Philosophical Quarterly, New German Critique, and International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

John D. Caputo is the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University and is editor of Fordham University Press' Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
Postmodernism/Critical Modernism
Caputo reads Marsh: In Defense of Ambiguity 1
Marsh reads Caputo: In Defense of Modernist Rationality 11
Uncapitalizing on Radical Hermeneutics 23
On Being Inside/Outside Truth 45
Understanding and Difference: Reflections on Dialectical Phenomenology 65
Ambiguity, Language, and Communicative Praxis: A Critical Modernist Articulation 87
Open Forum 111
A Philosophical Dialogue: James L. Marsh, John D. Caputo, and Merold Westphal 119
The Cheating of Cratylus (Genitivus Subjectivus) 163
A Final Word (Eight Famous Ones) 183
The Gentle and Rigorous Cogency of Communicative Rationality 197
Index 217
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