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Reason and Horror: Critical Theory, Democracy and Aesthetic Individuality

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ISBN-13: 978-0415930284
ISBN-10: 0415930286
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"Reason and Horror stirs by its articulateness and its profundity.Mort Schoolman has written a major book.." -- George Kateb, Princeton University

"The best account of Adorno and Horkheimer's thought available. Schoolman makes their thought come to life.." -- Shadia Drury, author of Leo Strauss and The American Right

About the Author

Morton Schoolman is Professor of Political Science at SUNY Albany, and the author of The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415930286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415930284
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,331,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Himmelfarb on September 19, 2006
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In this book, author Morton Schoolman addresses the familiar idea of democracy from a new and liberating angle. He offers an account that takes this highly valued form of politics beyond formal governmental structures or processes of political participation to the development of the idea of a "culture of democracy," which is distinguished by the presence of a form of aesthetic reason that enables a new relationship of individuals to difference. Rather than engage in the 'violent' behavior that results from the perspective that there is one, absolute and true representation of reality, participants in this democratic culture are able to relate to each other in ways that recognize and thrive off of the the contingent and multiplicitous nature of human identity and understanding.

By demonstrating how democracy offers a way of negotiating difference that is respectful of the pluralistic nature of human existence, Schoolman offers a justification for the promotion of global democratization that is refreshingly absent of the ideological disconnects that are the hallmark of mainstream neo-liberal theories, which tie the achievement of greater freedom in society to the economic structures of "free-market" capitalism. In the current global context of the increasingly violent geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East and the rise of China, a country notorious for human rights abuses, to a position of significant global influence, Schoolman's book is especially timely in offering hope and purpose through the pursuit of democracy to scholars, students, decision-makers and ordinary citizens alike.
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