From the Back Cover
"How do we argue now? Vigorously and with vim, if Amanda Anderson's new book is any indication. Anderson worries that the poststructuralist critique of reason, together with identity politics' sociological reductionism, threatens to undermine our capacity to argue, but she puts the lie to her own concern in this well-argued book. And she gives her readers much to argue with. We should all rise to her challenge and respond to this book in ways that participate in, extend, and (dare I say it?) trouble the culture of argument that Anderson here seeks to promote and surely exemplifies."--Bonnie Honig, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University and senior research fellow, American Bar Foundation
"An intellectual achievement of the first rank and the work of a powerful and independent mind. We are invited to rethink the premises of contemporary theory in a manner that is invigorating and eye-opening. Anderson's own incisive contribution to the culture of argument will surely change the way many people think."--Rita Felski, University of Virginia, author of Literature after Feminism
"This book addresses a broad range of controverted subjects with great tact, generosity, and persuasive force. Its readers, whatever their theoretical allegiance, will have to acknowledge this accomplishment. It is rare to read so intelligent and thought-provoking a book as this."--John Guillory, New York University, author of Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation
"A shrewd and witty dissection of contemporary academic theory's discontents. Anderson's anti-anti-Enlightenment argument serves as a refreshing antidote to the symptomatic prejudices of our age."--Nancy Fraser, Henry A.and Louise Loeb Professor, Graduate Faculty, New School
About the Author
Amanda Anderson is the Caroline Donovan Professor of English Literature and Department Chair at Johns Hopkins University. Her books include "The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment" (Princeton) and "Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture".