Fin de Siècle Socialism, originally published in 1988, demonstrates the lively potential for cultural criticism in intellectual history. Martin Jay discusses such controversies as the Habermas-Gadamer debate and the deconstructionist challenge to synoptic analysis. This book should be of interest to students and teachers of modern European history, political and social theory.
Table of Contents1. Fin-de-siècle Socialism 2. Should Intellectual History Take a Linguistic List? Reflections of the Habermas-Gadamer Debate 3. Hierarchy and the Humanities: The Radical Implications of a Conservative Ideal 4. Two Cheers for Paraphrase: The Confessions of a Synoptic Intellectual Historian 5. Vico and Western Marxism 6. Mass Culture and Aesthetic Redemption: The Debate Between Max Horkheimer and Siegfried Kracauer 7. For Gouldner; Reflections on an Outlaw Marxist 8. Against Fragmentation Against Itself: Contradictions and Anomalies in the Development of Gouldner's Theory 9. Habermas and Modernism 10. Habermas and Postmodernism 11. Blumenberg and Modernism: A Reflection on The Legitimacy of the Modern Age 12. Concluding Unhistorical Postscript