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Deconstruction and the Unfinished Project of Modernity By Christopher Norris

Deconstruction and the Unfinished Project of Modernity
by Christopher Norris

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A radical reappraisal of post modernity and a guide to the future of critical theory, this text presents a re-anlysis of the leading theorists: Derrida, Foucault, de Man, and Levinas.
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Deconstruction and the Unfinished Project of Modernity by Christopher Norris

Deconstruction and postmodernism have been misunderstood. In this provocative book, Christopher Norris challenges the widespread idea of deconstruction as merely an offshoot of the various trends and cultural phenomena grouped under the label of "postmodernism". Through an analysis of the key theorists in the field - Derrida, Foucault, De Man, Habermas and Levinas - Norris argues that deconstruction is the "unfinished project" of modernity, a project whose interests and values it upholds precisely by continuing to question them in a spirit of enlightened self-critical enquiry. Assessing the impact of postmodernist theorizing across a range of disciplines, the book presents a lucid analysis and guide to the future of critical theory.

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Table of Contents


Deconstrcution "versus" postmodernism - epistemology, ethics, aesthetics; postmodern ethics and the trouble with relativism; deconstruction and the "unfinished project of modernity"; deconstruction, postmodernism and philosophy of science; "the idea of the university" - some interdisciplinary soundings; ethics, autonomy and self-invention - debating Foucault; "the night in which all cows are black" - Paul de Man, "mere reading" and indifference to philosophy; conflict, compromise or complementarity - ideas of science in modern literary theory; sexed equations and vexed physicists - the "two cultures" revisited.

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GOR009733144
Deconstruction and the Unfinished Project of Modernity by Christopher Norris
Christopher Norris
Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers S.
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2000-09-01
240
048512159X
9780485121599
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