The New ConstellationThe Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity / Postmodernity
The New Constellation
The Ethical-Political Horizons of Modernity / Postmodernity
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?'
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  • April 1992
  • 368 pages
  • 155 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • Paperback $34.95
  • 9780745609201
  • Open eBook $34.95
  • 9780745665672
Table of Contents

1. Philosophy, History and Critique.

2. The Rage Against Reason.

3. Incommensurability and Otherness Revisited.

4. Heidegger's Silence?: Ethos and Technology.

5. Foucault Critique as a Philosophic Ethos.

6. Serious Play: The Ethical-Political Horizon of Derrida.

7. An Allegory of Modernity/Postmodernity: Habermas and Derrida.

8. One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward: Rorty on Liberal Democracy.

9. Rorty's Liberal Utopia.

10. Reconciliation/Rupture Appendix: Pragmatism, Pluralism, and the Healing of Wounds.


About the Author

Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York.

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'This is the best book yet written on the tension between leftist political initiatives ... and post-modernist philosophical thought. Bernstein's discussions of Foucault, Derrida and Heidegger are models of careful commentary and fair-minded criticism.' Richard Rorty, University of Virginia

'Bernstein's book is an important contribution to perhaps the only aspect of the fashionable post-modernity debate which is still comparatively underexposed, the political.' Political Studies

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