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Postmodernism Rightly Understood : The Return to Realism in American Thought - Peter Augustine Lawler

Postmodernism Rightly Understood

The Return to Realism in American Thought

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780847694266
Number Of Pages: 204

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Postmodernism Rightly Understood is a dramatic return to realism--a poetic attempt to attain a true understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the postmodern predicament. Prominent political theorist Peter Augustine Lawler reflects on the flaws of postmodern thought, the futility of pragmatism, and the spiritual emptiness of existentialism. Lawler examines postmodernism by interpreting the writings of five respected and best selling American authors--Francis Fukuyama, Richard Rorty, Allan Bloom, Walker Percy, and Christopher Lasch. Lawler explains why the alternatives available in our time are either a 'soulless niceness,' which Fukuyama, Rorty, and Bloom described as the result of modern success, or a postmodern moral responsibility that accompanies love in the ruins, as articulated by Percy and Lasch. This is a fresh and compelling look at the crisis of the human soul and intellect accompanied by the onset of postmodernity.

This is a remarkably insightful book. The understanding of 'modernity' and 'post-modernity' requires serious intellectual effort. Lawler has, in a sense, turned the tables on the usual understanding of 'postmodernity' to ask if there is in it anything that can be 'rightly understood'? This leads him to investigate the American discussion of this issue. He recalls the discussions of classical and medieval thought. The solution to the many modern and post-modern enigmas is a return to a systematically rejected, but unfounded realism. In this he follows the lead of Christopher Lasch and Walker Percy in examining the theses of Fukayama, Rorty, and Allan Bloom. It is an original, brilliant effort.--James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Francis Fukuyama versus the End of Historyp. 15
Allan Bloom's Ineffectual Response to Richard Rortyp. 41
Walker Percy's Twentieth-Century Thomismp. 77
Sex, Drugs, Politics, Love, and Deathp. 115
Moral Realism versus Therapeutic Elitismp. 157
The Return to Realismp. 179
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 195
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ISBN: 9780847694266
ISBN-10: 0847694267
Series: American Intellectual Culture (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 14.94  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.28