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Modern and Postmodern Strategies: Gaming and the Question of Morality: Adorno, Rorty, Lyotard and Enzensberger
     

Modern and Postmodern Strategies: Gaming and the Question of Morality: Adorno, Rorty, Lyotard and Enzensberger

by Monika Kilian
 

The postmodern notion of gaming as a legitimate method of philosophical inquiry opposes the either/or model of modern discourse. Modern and Postmodern Strategies outlines the key issues informing the debate between modern and postmodern thought and focuses on the postmodern contention that the universalizing strategies of modern thought are cognitively and

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The postmodern notion of gaming as a legitimate method of philosophical inquiry opposes the either/or model of modern discourse. Modern and Postmodern Strategies outlines the key issues informing the debate between modern and postmodern thought and focuses on the postmodern contention that the universalizing strategies of modern thought are cognitively and morally wrong. This study uses a range of theorists to explore the implications of monism and pluralism. By using the work of the poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger, the author demonstrates that literary texts can function alongside - and often illuminate - the philosophical arguments between modern and postmodern thought.

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«Monika Kilian presents a persuasive analysis of the complex ways in which the poetry of Hans Magnus Enzensberger crosses and recrosses the various boundaries separating modernist and postmodernist thinking. It is a stimulating contribution to Enzensberger criticism, to German literary studies in general, and, perhaps most significantly, to the continuing international discussion on the status of literary and philosophical postmodernism.» (Patrick O'Neill, Ph.D., Department of German, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario)
«Kilian's 'Modern and Postmodern Strategies' is a remarkably lucid and provocative assessment of the postmodern critical terrain. Kilian considers definitions of modernity and postmodernity from a number of critical traditions - Anglo-American, French, and German - in order to explore the ethical and literary-critical implications of current theory. Using the work of Enzensberger as an exemplary negotiation of the problems of relativism, realism, and anti-foundationalism, Kilian's work provides a welcome and valuable response to the postmodern condition. This study offers a sophisticated way of thinking about the relation between philosophy and literature that is sensitive to the specificity and inter-relation between the two disciplines.» (Claire Colebrook, Ph. D., Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria)
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Using the work of German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger as an example of how literary work can explore the philosophical problems of relativism, realism, and antifoundationalism, the author discusses the problems raised by modernism's attempt to universalize systems of thought. He explores different traditions of American and European philosophy and argues that postmodernism's rejection of a metaphysical truth for a contextualized truth is not an abdication of moral responsibility, but is instead more able to explore moral issues without making false, and hence immoral, statements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820439792
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
Pages:
221

Meet the Author

The Author: Monika Kilian received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Murdoch University in Australia and holds a Master's Degree from the University of British Columbia.

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