The Subject of Modernity by Anthony J. CascardiThe Subject of Modernity by Anthony J. Cascardi

The Subject of Modernity

byAnthony J. Cascardi

Paperback | March 27, 1992

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The question of modernity has provoked a vigorous debate in the work of thinkers from Hegel to Habermas. Our own self-styled postmodern age has seen no end to this debate, which now receives a major and wide-ranging intervention from the theorist and critic Anthony J. Cascardi. Offering an historical account of the origins and transformations of the rational subject or self as it is represented in Descartes, Cervantes, Pascal, Hobbes and the Don Juan myth, he carries his argument across the fields of epistemology, literature, political science, religion and psychology. The modern subject proves to be positioned within conflicting discourses, in a culture characterised by its 'detotalised totality'. Max Weber's concept of 'world disenchantment' enables Cascardi to make a searching critique of modernity's sense of its absoluteness, divorced from an archaic, 'enchanted' world. He advocates in its place a more fruitful relationship between historical analysis and theoretical speculation, offering constructive new alternatives to current orthodoxy regarding subjectivity and modernity.
Title:The Subject of ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:March 27, 1992Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521423783

ISBN - 13:9780521423786


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The disenchantment of the world; 2. The theory of the novel and the autonomy of art; 3. Secularization and modernization; 4. The subject and the state; 5. Subjective desire; 6. Possibilities of post-modernism; Notes.