Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations by Horace L. FairlambCritical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations by Horace L. Fairlamb

Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations

byHorace L. Fairlamb

Paperback | June 24, 1994

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The postmodern debate has been heavily influenced by often contradictory conclusions about the foundations of knowledge. Horace Fairlamb contends that philosophy's foundationist quest has usually been misconceived as a choice between "super-science" and theoretical anarchy. Examining the history of foundationism, and providing detailed analysis of the work of leading theorists, including Fish, Foucault, Derrida, Gadamer and Habermas, Dr. Fairlamb argues for a less reductive and less arbitrary conception of knowledge and meaning. The result is an important contribution to the current reevaluation of theoretical discourse.
Title:Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of FoundationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:June 24, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521456657

ISBN - 13:9780521456654


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Fish's strong conventions: the mind's own world; 2. Brave new words: postmoderism on epistemology; 3. Theory and/or deconstruction: Derrida slippage; 4. Gadamer's universalism: the limits of hermeneutic authority; 5. Critical politics: deconstruction for Americans; 6. Foucault's microphysical politics: big brother is missing; 7. Habermas' neo-formalism: theory as praxis; 8. Critical theory and postmodern localism: rebels without a cause; Conclusion.

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Providing a sophisticated critique of contemporary foundationist debate, this work contributes significantly to the current revaluation of theoretical discourse with implications for philosophers as well as literary theorists.