What's Left of Enlightenment?: A Postmodern Question

What's Left of Enlightenment?: A Postmodern Question

by Keith Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804740267

ISBN-13: 9780804740265

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that, for all their differences, the many varieties of thinking commonly grouped together under the rubric of “postmodernism” share at least one salient characteristic: they all depend upon a stereotyped account of the Enlightenment. Postmodernity requires a “modernity” to be repudiated

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It has become increasingly clear in recent years that, for all their differences, the many varieties of thinking commonly grouped together under the rubric of “postmodernism” share at least one salient characteristic: they all depend upon a stereotyped account of the Enlightenment. Postmodernity requires a “modernity” to be repudiated and superseded, and the tenets of this modernity have invariably been identified with the so-called Enlightenment Project. This volume aims to explore critically the now conventional opposition between Enlightenment and Postmodernity and question some of the conclusions drawn from it.

In so doing, the authors focus on three general areas. Part I, “Enlightenment or Postmodernity?”, reflects on the way in which contemporary discussion characterizes the two movements as radical alternatives. Part II, “Critical Confrontations,” provides a kind of archaeology of this opposition by charting a series of critical engagements by those who have affirmed or demeaned Enlightenment values in the twentieth century. Part III, “A Postmodern Enlightenment?”, complicates the perceived dichotomy between Enlightenment and Postmodernity by pointing to the existence within the Enlightenment of elements frequently seen as characteristic of Postmodernity.

The contributors are Lorraine Daston, Dena Goodman, David Hollinger, Lawrence E. Klein, Jonathan Knudsen, Michael Meranze, Richard Rorty, Hans Sluga, and Johnson Kent Wright.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804740265
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
949,390
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction1
Pt. IEnlightenment or Postmodernity?
The Enlightenment and the Genealogy of Cultural Conflict in the United States7
The Continuity Between the Enlightenment and 'Postmodernism'19
Pt. IICritical Confrontations
The Historicist Enlightenment39
Heidegger and the Critique of Reason50
"A Bright Clear Mirror": Cassirer's The Philosophy of the Enlightenment71
Critique and Government: Michel Foucault and the Question 'What Is Enlightenment?'102
Pt. IIIA Postmodern Enlightenment?
Enlightenment Fears, Fears of Enlightenment115
Difference: An Enlightenment Concept129
Enlightenment as Conversation148
Notes169
Index193

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