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The Ethics of Modernity : Formation and Transformation in Britain, France, Germany, and the USA - Richard Munch

The Ethics of Modernity

Formation and Transformation in Britain, France, Germany, and the USA

Paperback Published: 20th December 2000
ISBN: 9780847699216
Number Of Pages: 296

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Based on intensive, long-term study, this comparative book traces the role of ethics in the formation of modernity in four Western nations (the US, Britain, France, and Germany). M nch "s analysis spans several centuries of historical and political development. While ethics has played a clear role in the West "s transition to modernity, he shows that its role has varied substantially and that it has influenced the development of each nation "s political and social institutions. The book begins with an assessment of the ethics of the West in contrast with the East. M nch then looks at the formation of the ethics of modernity from ancient Judaism to ascetic Protestantism and modern secularized culture. The Ethics of Modernity builds a systematic reconstruction of the ethical formation of modernity in its different stages and variations, concluding with current globalization trends.

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An important endeavor to provide a grand narrative of the trajectory of modernity, in the vein of the sociological master of us all, Weber. This book will be useful in courses looking for recent sociological ventures in comparative-historical analysis, especially if one is looking for an informed Weberian antidote to postmodern or even antimodern nihilism, or to a narrative that priviliges the economic or the political at the expense of the religio-cultural.--American Journal of Sociology

Series Editor Foreword: An Ethic of Scholarship for a Changing Worldp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Western Culture of Instrumental Activismp. 1
Ethics and the World: A Comparative Viewp. 15
From Ancient Judaism to Ascetic Protestantismp. 34
Britain: Tradition and Reformp. 118
France: Routine and Revolutionp. 142
Germany: Conformity and Alienationp. 182
United States: Continuity and Renewalp. 223
Ethics and the World: A Comparative Developmental Historyp. 250
Indexp. 273
About the Authorp. 281
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ISBN: 9780847699216
ISBN-10: 0847699218
Series: Legacies of Social Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 20th December 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.73  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39

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