The New Constellation

The New Constellation : Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity/Postmodernity

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In this work, Richard Bernstein explores the ethical and political dimensions of the modernity/postmodernity debate. He argues that it should be understood as what Heidegger calls a "Stimmung" or a "mood" which exerts a powerful influence on current thinking. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of the ethical-political views of such thinkers as Heidegger, Derrida, Habermas and Rorty, showing how they have contributed to the new mood or constellation of ideas. This new constellation has put ethical and political issues back on the philosophical agenda, forcing people to confront the Socratic question "How should I live?".show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745609198
  • 9780745609195

Table of contents

Philosophy, history and critique; the rage against reason; incommensurability and otherness revisited; Heidegger's silence? - ethos and technology; Foucault critique as a philosophical ethos; serious play - the ethical-political horizon of Derrida; an allegory of modernity/postmodernity - Habermas and Derrida; one step forward, two steps backward - Rorty on liberal democracy; Rorty's liberal Utopia; reconciliation/rupture. Appendix: Pragmatism, pluralism and the healing of more

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