Consequences of Enlightenment

Consequences of Enlightenment

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What is the relationship between contemporary intellectual culture and the European Enlightenment it claims to reject? In Consequences of Enlightenment, Anthony Cascardi revisits the arguments advanced in Horkheimer and Adorno's seminal work Dialectic of Enlightenment. Cascardi argues against the view that postmodern culture has rejected Enlightenment beliefs and explores instead the continuities contemporary theory shares with Kant's failed ambition to bring the project of Enlightenment to completion. He explores the link between aesthetics and politics in thinkers as diverse as Habermas, Derrida, Arendt, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Wittgenstein in order to reverse the tendency to see works of art simply in terms of the worldly practices among which they are situated.
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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 360g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521484901
  • 9780521484909
  • 1,698,807

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The consequences of enlightenment; 2. Aesthetics as critique; 3. The difficulty of art; 4. Communication and transformation: aesthetics and politics in Habermas and Arendt; 5. The role of aesthetics in the radicalisation of democracy; 6. Infinite reflection and the shape of praxis; 7. Feeling and/as force.
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"It is difficult to convey how impressive Cascardi's book is because it is so consistently, even relentlessly learned, lucid, and intelligent...the great stregths of the book are its scope, its amazingly precise analyses of various thinkers, and its keen critical sense of the problems that emerge for these thinkers as they attempt to adapt fundamentally Kantian themes for modern situations." Studies in Romanticism "It is difficult to convey how impressive Cascardi's book is because it is so consistently, even relentlessly learned, lucid, and intelligent. Here I can summarize the argument, which is impressive enough, but the great strengths of the book are its scope, its amazingly precise analyses of various thinkers, and its keen critical sense of the problems that emerge for these thinkers as they attempt to adapt fundamentally Kantian themes for modern situations." Studies in Romanticism "His work offers the best account I have read of the importance of the Enlightenment-generated urgingss that the aesthetic addresses and of its strategies for doing so." McGowan Reviews Dec 2001
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