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Maturity and Modernity : Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the Ambivalence of Reason - David Owen

Maturity and Modernity

Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the Ambivalence of Reason

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"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

Introduction
Kant and the question of maturity
Nietzsche the transformation of critique
Nietzsche and genealogy
The genealogy of modernity: Nietszche, asceticism and nihilism
The politics of the Ubermensch: Nietzsche, maturity and modernity Weber genealogy as cultural science: Weber, methodology and critique
The genealogy of modernity: Weber, asceticism and disenchantment The politics of "personality"
Weber, maturity and modernity Foucault genealogy as historical ontology: Foucault, methodology and critique
The genealogy of modernity: Foucault, humanism and biopolitics
The politics of critique: Foucault, maturity and modernity
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780415053983
ISBN-10: 0415053986
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 2nd June 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1