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The New Constellation

The Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity/Postmodernity

Authors: Richard J. Bernstein Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2013 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 368 Publication formats: EAN: 9780745676753 ISBN: 9780745676753 Category: Political science & theory Social & political philosophy Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -


In this major new work, Bernstein explores the ethical and political dimensions of the modernity/post-modernity debate.

Bernstein argues that modernity / post-modernity should be understood as a kind of mood - one which is amorphous, shifting and protean but which exerts a powerful influence on our current thinking. Focusing on thinkers such as Heidegger, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas and Rorty, Bernstein probes the strengths and weaknesses of their work, and shows how they have contributed to the formation of a new mood, a new and distinctive constellation of ideas.

This new constellation has put ethical and political issues back on the philosophical agenda, forcing us to confront anew, the Socratic question 'How should I live?'


  • Cover 2
  • Title Page 6
  • Copyright 7
  • Contents 8
  • Acknowledgments 9
  • Introduction 12
  • 1 Philosophy, History, and Critique 26
  • 2 The Rage Against Reason 42
  • 3 Incommensurability and Otherness Revisited 68
  • 4 Heidegger's Silence?: Ēthos and Technology 90
  • 5 Foucault: Critique as a Philosophic Ēthos 153
  • 6 Serious Play: The Ethical-Political Horizon of Derrida 183
  • 7 An Allegory of Modernity/Postmodernity: Habermas and Derrida 210
  • 8 One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward: Rorty on Liberal Democracy and Philosophy 241
  • 9 Rorty's Liberal Utopia 269
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Author's affiliation

Richard J. Bernstein: New School University, New York