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

Critical Conditions

Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations


Published: 24th June 1994
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The postmodern debate has been heavily influenced by often contradictory conclusions about the foundations of knowledge: hermeneutics challenges epistemology, politics challenges science, identity theory challenges critical theory, pragmatism challenges formalism, and so on. Horace Fairlamb contends that philosophy's foundationist quest has usually been misconceived as a choice between a 'super-science' and theoretical anarchy. Through an examination of the history of foundationism, and 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 a sophisticated critique of contemporary theory with implications for philosophers as well as literary theorists, and an important contribution to the current re-evaluation of theoretical discourse.

Fish's strong conventions: the mind's own world
Brave new words: postmoderism on epistemology
Theory and/or deconstruction: Derrida slippage
Gadamer's universalism: the limits of hermeneutic authority
Critical politics: deconstruction for Americans
Foucault's microphysical politics: big brother is missing
Habermas' neo-formalism: theory as praxis
Critical theory and postmodern localism: rebels without a cause
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ISBN: 9780521450478
ISBN-10: 0521450470
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 24th June 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.51