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

Critical Conditions

Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations


Published: 25th July 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.

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: 9780521456654
ISBN-10: 0521456657
Series: Literature, Culture, Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 25th July 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37