Conservatism and Crisis : The Anti-Modernist Perspective in Twentieth Century German Philosophy
This book examines the crisis of values engendered by the advent of modernity, which still plagues the post-modern west today. The book examines anti-modernist thought as an attempt to reclaim traditional belief systems during a period of profound spiritual, political and economic upheaval. The dangers and psychological appeals of anti-modernism are examined in detail.
- Hardback | 126 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 430.91g
- 13 Sep 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
About David J. Rosner
David J. Rosner is assistant professor in the School of Management at Metropolitan College of New York.
David J. Rosner's Conservatism and Crisis: The Anti-Modernist Perspective in Twentieth Century German Philosophy allows us to learn from the past how to perceive the current state of world affairs in the 21st century. The book discusses both the appeals and the dangers inherent in looking to conservatism and tradition for solutions for a civilization beset by economic decline, ethical aporia, and spiritual decadence. -- Andrew Targowski, Western Michigan University and President of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations In this book David Rosner introduces the reader to an interesting field - the cultural collapse in Germany in the interwar period and its impact on the nation's soul, with reverberations well beyond its borders. In a well structured discourse and engaging style, the author offers an informative and substantial interpretation of modernism, a competent introduction into the Weimar anti-modernist critique and its relevance for the current post-modern situation. The book is an excellent resource for the ongoing dialogue regarding the historical and cultural criticism in general and that of modernism - post-modernism in particular. -- Theodor Damian, Metropolitan College of New York David Rosner thinks things profoundly. Like an arrow's arc, he finds direct lines between Weimar Germany and our own times-a culture in search of meaning; prevailing trends toward existential anxiety, anomie, and the unheimlich (uncanny, baffling or "un-home-like") nothingness that surrounds economic crisis; an emergent abandonment of true meaning in favor of (fascist or religious) fanaticism; and philosophical striving, such as Heiddegger's, to find a ground, a home for meaning that will answer the fears of the times. -- Peter W. Wakefield, Emory University "Professor David J. Rosner's, Conservatism and Crisis-The Anti-Modernist Perspective in Twentieth-Century German Philosophy is a valuable contribution to the history of Weimar era anti-modernist philosophy in Germany." Center for Research on Geopolitics
Table of contents
Preface Chapter One: Aporia: Modernity's Philosophical Legacy Chapter Two: Abyss and Ground in Weimar Chapter Three: Retreat from Modernity Chapter Four: Fear and Hope in Post-Modernity