Civilization and the Human Subject

Civilization and the Human Subject

by John Mandalios

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Civilization and the Human Subject by John Mandalios

Recent debates have highlighted the importance of the self to a better understanding of the nature of culture and its relation to power. In his new book, John Mandalios incorporates the current 'postmodern' debate on these issues with a deeper, philosophical exploration of identity and cultural formation, and the dynamics of social power underlying them. He takes up identity formation within an analysis of the historical, social, political, religious, and psychoanalytical dimensions of civilized life that can be traced back to the classical world. Questions ordinarily associated with the 'postmodern condition'_otherness, fragmentation, power, the situated self, disciplinary practices, and multiplicity_are related to the problematic of human subjectivity and how civilized modes of conduct of the self cannot simply be explained by national cultural traditions. Mandalios argues that self-identity is not reducible to the effects of globalization or power or any one single collective identity representation. The self is enveloped within a complex which requires a 'civilization-analytic' perspective into the world and the inner life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742573673
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/1999
Series: Postmodern Social Futures
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John Mandalios is convenor of philosophy and lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Griffith University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 World as System or Symbolic Order
Chapter 3 Reflexive Discipline and Civilizing Process
Chapter 4 The Question of Universality
Chapter 5 Forms of Identity: Closure, Rupture and The Barbarian
Chapter 6 Beyond Otherness? Extenuated Closure and Alien Wisdom
Chapter 7 Conscience, Cultural Renovation and The Question of Closure
Chapter 8 Conclusion

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