This important book critically addresses the `becoming West' of Europe and investigates the `becoming Modern' of the world. Drawing on the work of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lyotard, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur, the book proposes that the question of postmodernity is inseparable from that of postcoloniality. The argument fully conveys the sense that modernity is in crisis. It maps out a new genealogy of the birth of the modern and suggests a new way of grounding the idea of an emancipation of being. Postcolonialism has emerged as a central topic in contemporary social science and cultural studies. This book informs readers as to the central strands of the debate and introduces a host of new ideas which will be a rich fund f
Chapter 4: Enlightenment and After
Enlightenment and After
The Critique of the Present
Modernity is the permanent critique of that to which we belong. It is in his return to the theme of the Enlightenment that Foucault (1984c) summarizes in this cryptic way the ambivalence at the heart of the critical conscience of modernity, caught between, on ...