This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

From Modernity to Postmodernity: Post-Dialectics and the Aestheticization of the Social

From modernity to postmodernity: Post-dialectics and the aestheticization of the social

Most discussions on postmodernity agree that it is not a phase beyond modernity but represents the most advanced, and possibly final, stage of modernity. It might be said that if modernity entailed a strong sense of a beginning, as expressed in an emphasis on the ‘new’ and the ‘now’, postmodernity, in the closing decade of the twentieth century, signaled a sense of an ending, the ending of a century and millennium. Yet, at the present time the cultural mood suggests a certain sense of newness and beginning once again and which is reflected in the recovery of the ethos of modernity. I have been ...

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