"Maturity and Modernity" examines Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault as a distinct trajectory of critical thinking within modern thought which traces the emergence and development of genealogy in the form of imminent critique. David Owen clarifies the relationship between these thinkers and responds to Habermas' (and Dews') charge that these thinkers are nihilists and that their approach is philosophically incoherent and practically irresponsible by showing how genealogy as a practical activity is directed toward the achievements of human autonomy.
The scope of the book covers the critical methodologies developed by these thinkers with respect to the analysis of how we have become what we are and the implication which they draw for the possibility of human autonomy in the present. It proceeds by detailed analysis of each thinker in turn showing the structure of their approach, their historical account of the emergence of modernity, and the politics of their attempts to facilitate the achievement of human autonomy.
..."an impressive account of a (postmodern) alternative to modernity. Anyone with an interest...in the development of postmodern thought...would benefit from this work."
-"Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques
"I know of no work which examines the intellectual trajectory of Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault in such an imaginative and instructive way . . . The work is thorough and thoughtful, yielding many important insights."
-Keith Ansell-Pearson, Queen Mary College