- Presents a study of modernity that examines classicalinfluences
- Incorporates political, economic, social, and psychologicaltheories
- Highlights writings from a wide range of thinkers, includingAdam Smith, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, and Freud
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface.
Note on References.
1. Untimely Knowledge.
2. The Great Transformation: ancient and modern economics.
3. Before Alienation: the classical critique of modernsociety.
4. An Aesthetic Education: the failings of modern culture.
5. History as Nightmare: conceptions of progress anddecline.
6. Allusion and Appropriation: the rhetorical uses ofantiquity.
Bibliography of Sources.
Index of Persons.
Index of Subjects
What People are Saying About This
"Morley's wide-ranging and ambitious study subjects the mythologyof 'modernity' to an incisive critique. This provocative andoriginal book asserts the persistent significance of concepts ofantiquity in underpinning the most quintessentially andself-consciously 'modern' disciplines of economics andsociology."–Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck College
"Morley's study opens a fascinating window onto the history ofthe shifting ideas of antiquity and the correlative sciences ofmodernity – onto the ever-changing and still ongoing dilemmaof their mutual dependency. Probing the uncertain 'logic ofmodernity,' Morley obliges us to ask whether, if we have never beenmodern, was antiquity ever ancient? This is a much-neededreassessment of the classical European traditions of economic,sociological, and political theory."–James I. Porter, University of Michigan