• Philosophy

The Barbarism of Reason

Max Weber and the Twilight of Enlightenment
Author: Asher Horowitz,Terry Maley
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442638575
Category: Philosophy
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The recent renewal of interest in Max Weber evidences an attempt to enlist his thought in the service of a renewed dream of Enlightenment individualism. Yet he was the first twentieth-century thinker to fully appreciate the pervasiveness and ambiguity of rationalization which threatened to undermine the hopes of the Enlightenment. Asher Horowitz and Terry Maley present a collection of essays tracing the contemporary significance of Weber's work for the tradition of Enlightenment political thought and its critiques. In its critical inquiry into Weber's thought, The Barbarism of Reason continues the exploration of the limits and prospects of politics in a rationalizing society. The first section comprises a set of both historical and philosophical reflections on the political implications of Weber's central concepts such as disenchantment, rationality, and affectivity, the historical understanding, meaning, and domination. The second section examines the institutional and historical context that framed Weber's inquiries into structures of the modern mode of domination, as well as his understanding of the nature of the modern state. Among the topics broached are Weber's strategic intervention into the development of the liberal theory of the state as well as a critical examination of the theoretical and pre-theoretical roots of his construction of the subject. Another of the essays reveals the schizophrenic structure of modern subjectivity. The third and last section attempts to trace the vicissitudes of Weber's seminal problems concerning rationalization, power, and disenchantment through some of the most important responses to his work in the twentieth century.

    • Philosophy

Weber and the Weberians


Author: Lawrence Scaff
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137006269
Category: Philosophy
Page: 216
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Understanding Max Weber's contribution to social theory is vital for students and scholars of social science. This insightful text offers critical discussion of Weber's ideas, focusing on their uses - how they have been appropriated and applied to contemporary events. Written by one of the world's leading Weber scholars, this is an essential read.

    • Literary Criticism

Race and the Totalitarian Century


Author: Vaughn Rasberry
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674972996
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 410
View: 5949
Vaughn Rasberry turns to black culture and politics for an alternative history of the totalitarian century. He shows how black writers reimagined the standard anti-fascist, anti-communist narrative through the lens of racial injustice, with the U.S. as a tyrannical force in the Third World but also an agent of Asian and African independence.

    • Social Science

Sovereign States Or Political Communities?

Civil Society and Contemporary Politics
Author: Darrow Schecter
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719045691
Category: Social Science
Page: 207
View: 6225
Drawing on the writings of thinkers ranging from Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach and Marx to Weber, Schmitt, Benjamin, Adorno, and Arendt, this book explores the ideas, meaning, and history of civil society, its role in the 1989 revolutions, its role in new social movements and its relationship with the state and the economy.

    • Philosophy

Politics and Ethics


Author: Patrick Hayden,Tom Lansford
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 196
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Serving as a forum for a diverse array of views and issues, this book fosters the exploration of both theory and practice in the intersecting realms of politics and ethics. The essays presented here run the gamut of topics from global to state concerns; from the brutal conflict in East Timor to the impact of market forces in society. Scholarly research and viewpoints make this collection of papers an important resource for the studying and solving of political and ethical dilemmas.

    • Canada

Canadian Books in Print

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    • Social Science

Modernity and Postmodernity

Knowledge, Power and the Self
Author: Gerard Delanty
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446265293
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
View: 8662
This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

    • English imprints

International Books in Print


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    • Social Science

Dialectic of Enlightenment


Author: Max Horkheimer,Theodor W. Adorno
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 080478809X
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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Dialectic of Enlightenment is undoubtedly the most influential publication of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Written during the Second World War and circulated privately, it appeared in a printed edition in Amsterdam in 1947. "What we had set out to do," the authors write in the Preface, "was nothing less than to explain why humanity, instead of entering a truly human state, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism." Yet the work goes far beyond a mere critique of contemporary events. Historically remote developments, indeed, the birth of Western history and of subjectivity itself out of the struggle against natural forces, as represented in myths, are connected in a wide arch to the most threatening experiences of the present. The book consists in five chapters, at first glance unconnected, together with a number of shorter notes. The various analyses concern such phenomena as the detachment of science from practical life, formalized morality, the manipulative nature of entertainment culture, and a paranoid behavioral structure, expressed in aggressive anti-Semitism, that marks the limits of enlightenment. The authors perceive a common element in these phenomena, the tendency toward self-destruction of the guiding criteria inherent in enlightenment thought from the beginning. Using historical analyses to elucidate the present, they show, against the background of a prehistory of subjectivity, why the National Socialist terror was not an aberration of modern history but was rooted deeply in the fundamental characteristics of Western civilization. Adorno and Horkheimer see the self-destruction of Western reason as grounded in a historical and fateful dialectic between the domination of external nature and society. They trace enlightenment, which split these spheres apart, back to its mythical roots. Enlightenment and myth, therefore, are not irreconcilable opposites, but dialectically mediated qualities of both real and intellectual life. "Myth is already enlightenment, and enlightenment reverts to mythology." This paradox is the fundamental thesis of the book. This new translation, based on the text in the complete edition of the works of Max Horkheimer, contains textual variants, commentary upon them, and an editorial discussion of the position of this work in the development of Critical Theory.



    • American literature

Books in Print Supplement


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Includes authors, titles, subjects.

    • American literature

Subject Guide to Books in Print

An Index to the Publishers' Trade List Annual
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    • Social Science

The Interpretation of Cultures


Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465093566
Category: Social Science
Page: 576
View: 9173
In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

    • American literature

Books in Print


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    • Business & Economics

How to Change the World

Reflections on Marx and Marxism
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300176163
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 470
View: 4495
A penetrating reassessment of Marxist thought and its relevance today, by a world-renowned historian of Marxism

    • Social Science

Metatheorizing


Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 178
View: 8448
Metatheorizing has come of age in sociology and other social science fields, forming the backdrop for serious intellectual debates over agency and structure, micro and macro level analysis, positivism and interpretivism, modernist and postmodernist thought. These debates are highlighted in this focused collection of essays. Contributors are among the leading figures in sociological theory - and represent a wide array of theoretical `camps'. Many of the debates in sociological theory are carried forward in the book. Collectively the contributors point out the importance of building overarching theoretical models and suggest new directions for metatheoretical work.

    • World citizenship

The Idea of Kosmopolis

History, Philosophy and Politics of World Citizenship
Author: My Klockar Linder,Rebecka Lettevall
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: World citizenship
Page: 181
View: 1908
"Contemporary discussions on cosmopolitanism are often based on older assumptions that have become invisible or hard to unearth. This volume explores the idea of kosmopolis by placing it into different historical, philosophical, social, and political contexts. By bringing together different views on and aspects of cosmopolitanism, the volume aims at contributing to new understandings of kosmopolis and the resulting cosmopolitan ideal, and of the fears this concept may generate. The nine contributors discuss kosmopolis within the contexts of philosophers such as Heraclitus and Kant, the thoughts and texts of the nobility, intellectual thoughts from the Enlightenment, contemporary political institutions, and grass root cosmopolitanism. The intent is to illustrate how the meaning of - cosmopolitanism - is influenced not only by its history but also by its specific contexts."--Back cover.

    • Business & Economics

The Challenge of Eurocentrism

Global Perspectives, Policy, and Prospects
Author: R. Kanth
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230620892
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 259
View: 6185
Eurocentrism is the current object of a global critique, which has the potential to be as significant as Marxist and Feminist critiques have been. This critique focuses on and dissects the paradigms that have emanated from the European Enlightenment.

    • Political Science

The Terms of Order

Political Science and the Myth of Leadership
Author: Cedric J. Robinson
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469628228
Category: Political Science
Page: 310
View: 4610
Do we live in basically orderly societies that occasionally erupt into violent conflict, or do we fail to perceive the constancy of violence and disorder in our societies? In this classic book, originally published in 1980, Cedric J. Robinson contends that our perception of political order is an illusion, maintained in part by Western political and social theorists who depend on the idea of leadership as a basis for describing and prescribing social order. Using a variety of critical approaches in his analysis, Robinson synthesizes elements of psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, classical and neoclassical political philosophy, and cultural anthropology in order to argue that Western thought on leadership is mythological rather than rational. He then presents examples of historically developed "stateless" societies with social organizations that suggest conceptual alternatives to the ways political order has been conceived in the West. Examining Western thought from the vantage point of a people only marginally integrated into Western institutions and intellectual traditions, Robinson's perspective radically critiques fundamental ideas of leadership and order.