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Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath : Foundationalism and Anti-Foundationalism in Radical Social Theory - Stephen Crook

Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath

Foundationalism and Anti-Foundationalism in Radical Social Theory

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Published: 4th July 1991
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By the end of the last century, social theories such as Marxism and Durkheimian Sociology had assumed a critical role in public affairs. These theories offered a unique knowledge of modern society which would fulfill the radical potential of modernity. As we approach the end of this century, these claims are no longer credible and the prospects for radical social theory are uncertain.
"Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath" explores the ways in which Marx, Durkheim, Althusser and Habermas have all been drawn towards foundationalism, and offers a framework for the analysis of foundationalism in social theory. The articulation of an alternative "post foundational" radicalism is far from simple. Important themes are identified in the work of Simmel, Weber, and Adorno and in some postmodernist theory, but they are at constant risk of regression into metaphysics or nihilism. The book closes with a plea for radicalism which can maintain the accountability of inquiry while facing up to the contingency of value. "Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath" offers both an interpretation of "classical" social theory and a presentation of contemporary debates on modernity and postmodernism.

"The best and most systematic social theoretic treatment of foundationalism to date." -Scott Lash, Lancaster University

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Decline of Radical Social Theory
The Idea of Modernist Radicalism
The Sociological Critique of Modernist Radicalism
The Auto-Critique of Modernist Radicalism
The Swansong of Modernist Radicalism?
The Postmodernist `End' of Modernist Radicalism
Foundationalism and Radicalism
Post Foundational Radicaism
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415028608
ISBN-10: 0415028604
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 4th July 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1