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Subject of Modernity

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ISBN-10: 0521423783

ISBN-13: 9780521423786

Edition: 1992

Authors: Anthony J. Cascardi, Richard Macksey, Richard Macksey

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The question of modernity has provoked a vigorous debate in the work of thinkers from Hegel to Habermas. Our own self-styled postmodern age has seen no end to this debate, which now receives a major and wide-ranging intervention from the theorist and critic Anthony J. Cascardi. Offering an historical account of the origins and transformations of the rational subject or self as it is represented in Descartes, Cervantes, Pascal, Hobbes and the Don Juan myth, he carries his argument across the fields of epistemology, literature, political science, religion and psychology. The modern subject proves to be positioned within conflicting discourses, in a culture characterised by its 'detotalised…    
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/19/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Anthony J. Cascardi is the director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and a professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The "disenchantment" of the world
Historical self-assertion
Modes of rationalization
Selfhood and subjectivity
The theory of the novel and the autonomy of art
The theory of the novel
Epic and novel
The autonomy of art
Secularization and modernization
Representation and secularization
Secularization stories: norms and ideals
The rationalization of religion
The subject and the State
Questions of legitimation
Reorientation in ethics
Legitimation and representation
Subjective desire
Belief and desire
Subjective desire and social change
Social norms: recognition and transformation
Possibilities of postmodernism
History, theory, postmodernity
Aesthetic liberalism
Index