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Author Cascardi, Anthony J., 1953-

Title The subject of modernity / Anthony J. Cascardi.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  126 CASC    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 316 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Literature, culture, theory ; 3.
Literature, culture, theory ; 3.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 "disenchantment" of the world 16 -- Historical self-assertion 16 -- Modes of rationalization 41 -- Selfhood and subjectivity 56 -- 2 Theory of the novel and the autonomy of art 72 -- Theory of the novel 72 -- Epic and novel 94 -- Autonomy of art 103 -- 3 Secularization and modernization 125 -- Representation and secularization 125 -- Secularization stories: norms and ideals 140 -- Rationalization of religion 152 -- 4 Subject and the State 179 -- Questions of legitimation 179 -- Reorientation in ethics 202 -- Legitimation and representation 221 -- 5 Subjective desire 228 -- Belief and desire 228 -- Subjective desire and social change 240 -- Social norms: recognition and transformation 259 -- 6 Possibilities of postmodernism 275 -- History, theory, postmodernity 275 -- Aesthetic liberalism 296.
Summary The question of modernity has provoked a vigorous debate in the work of thinkers from Hegel onwards, through figures such as Heidegger, Habermas, Benjamin, Rorty, and Lyotard. Our own self-styled postmodern age has seen no end to this debate, which now receives a wide-ranging intervention from the theorist and critic Anthony J. Cascardi.
Whereas existing analyses of subjectivity and modernity accept the Cartesian model of self-consciousness as dominant even when they argue against it, Cascardi shows how the modern subject is positioned within a field of conflicting cultural discourses. Offering an historical account of the origins and transformations of the rational subject beginning with such seventeenth-century figures as Descartes, Cervantes, Pascal, Hobbes and the Don Juan myth, Cascardi carries his argument across the fields of epistemology, literature, political science, religion and psychology. Drawing critically on Max Weber's concept of "world disenchantment," he undertakes a searching critique of modernity's sense of its absoluteness, divorced from an archaic "enchanted" world. He proposes in its place a more fruitful model that integrates historical analysis and theoretical speculation. Contesting the views of Habermas as well as the postmodern thinkers Habermas has sought to criticize, Cascardi develops a constructive rethinking of modernity around the concepts of recognition, transformation and aesthetic liberalism.
This challenging work offers a stimulating alternative to current orthodoxies regarding the place of the subject in the modern world and opens new ground for analysis in critical theory.
Subject Subjectivity.
Philosophy, Modern.
Civilization, Modern.
Literature, Modern.
ISBN 0521423783 (paperback)
0521412870 (hardback)