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This penetrating book raises questions about how power and resistance operate in contemporary society. Scott Lash argues that critique must take place from within information flows, rather than from the safety of `academic detachment' and that information is power. The book identifies a central contradiction of the information society, that is, the more intelligent and rational that the information society becomes, the more irrational may be the consequences. Written by one of the most celebrated commentators on power and culture, the book is a major testament on the prospects of intellectual life in an age dominated by seemingly inexhaustible, global flows of information.

Being after Time
Being after time

Heidegger claims in Being and Time that time is the horizon upon which we are to come to encounter and understand the meaning of beings: the horizon on which beings have meaning for us. Time is the horizon on which that very specific being, Dasein – or our singularity as human beings – comes to have meaning for us. Heidegger was, of course, a philosopher and philosophers tend to think in terms of the transcendental. In this chapter I suggest that much can be gained in grasping Heidegger's thesis, not in terms of transcendental, but rather in terms of sociocultural change. I suggest that we think of our identification of beings and the self on the horizon of time as ...

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