The Subject of Modernity

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The question of modernity has provoked a vigorous debate in the work of thinkers from Hegel to Habermas. Our own self-styled postmodern age has seen no end to this debate, which now receives a major and wide-ranging intervention from the theorist and critic Anthony J. Cascardi. Offering an historical account of the origins and transformations of the rational subject or self as it is represented in Descartes, Cervantes, Pascal, Hobbes and the Don Juan myth, he carries his argument across the fields of epistemology, literature, political science, religion and psychology. The modern subject proves to be positioned within conflicting discourses, in a culture characterised by its 'detotalised totality'. Max Weber's concept of 'world disenchantment' enables Cascardi to make a searching critique of modernity's sense of its absoluteness, divorced from an archaic, 'enchanted' world. He advocates in its place a more fruitful relationship between historical analysis and theoretical speculation, offering constructive new alternatives to current orthodoxy regarding subjectivity and modernity.
 

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The disenchantment of the world
16
Modes of rationalization
41
Selfhood and subjectivity
56
The theory of the novel and the autonomy of art
72
Epic and novel
94
The autonomy of art
103
Secularization and modernization
125
norms and ideals
140
The subject and the State
179
Reorientation in ethics
202
Legitimation and representation
221
Subjective desire
228
Subjective desire and social change
240
recognition and transformation
259
Possibilities of postmodernism
275
Aesthetic liberalism
296

The rationalization of religion
152

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