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"Despite frequent references to postmodernism in the arts and sciences, precious little analysis of the concept can be found in the extant literature that is both accessible and edifying. White's book goes a long way toward remedying this deficiency....[A] book whose survey of the labrynthine terrain of postmodernism is as scholarly as it is well argued." Ethics

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In Political Theory and Postmodernism, Stephen K. White outlines a path through the postmodern problematic by distinguishing two distinct ways of thinking about the meaning of responsibility, one prevalent in modern and the other in postmodern perspectives.

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern European Philosophy
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521409489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521409483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2008
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This is an interesting (albeit challenging) volume. To define postmodernism in a few sentences is pretty tough, but here's one shot at it, so that readers not familiar with this theoretical perspective have some sense of the view: Among characteristics of this perspective (and different Postmodern thinkers will not accept all): skepticism about the ability of science, technology, or philosophy to act as guides for us; doubts about the ability of the subject (humans) to be able to understand objects (the world) accurately--in fact, the separation of subject and object is looked at as mistaken; a concomitant uncertainty about human rationality; in the end, suspicion of efforts to create grand theories that try to explain the human condition; anti-foundationalism (meaning that there is no solid foundation upon which humans can develop true understandings of the world around them); a post-structuralist perspective on language (which I won't even try to explain here). Postmodernists challenge all-encompassing worldviews or philosophical perspectives (such as Marxism, Christianity, liberal democracy, capitalism, or modern science, inter alia), sometimes referred to as "metanarratives." Sorry for all this introductory stuff.

The book itself tries to revitalize the concept of "justice." The author, Stephen White, tries to meld postmodern sensibilities with the prevalent modern orientation to understanding. He believes that the tension between the two can provide for a dynamic and enriched view of justice.
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