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Towards a Post-Modern Understanding of the Political: From Genealogy to Hermeneutics Hardcover – September 29, 2005

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ISBN-13: 978-1403995995 ISBN-10: 1403995990

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Andrius Bielski is with the University of Warwick.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (October 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403995990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403995995
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,794,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bielski's work presenting a "philosophical position rather than a fully articulated philosophical argument" coming out of his research for his doctoral thesis at the U. of Warwick, England, comes to grips with the fundamentals of modern and contemporary culture. Bielski's position--i. e., major observation, basic critique--is that "[w]e have approached an era in our history when to live and see the world according to the predominant liberal narrative of ever increasing individual/human emancipation will be to arrive at the abandonment of humanity itself." The content is mainly an analysis and demonstration of how this is happening. Whereas nearly all contemporary social critics and even philosophers concentrate on subjects such as popular culture, media, the absence of artistic principles, minorities or marinalized groups, and economic and cultural globalization, this author reevaluates figures such as Nietzsche and Marx (to name only a couple among many) and the idea of kitsche which these others consider for the most passe. While not arguing for their continuing relevance, Bielskis nonetheless convincingly persuades thoughtful readers that the ongoing influence of Nietzsche, the unreflective acceptance of kitsche, etc., along with the marginalization or disregard of classical philosophers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas leaves modern individuals and their culture blind and aimless. Indeed, despite being described as a "position" rather than developed argument, the work has a cogency and focus which show most writing on modern culture and its participants and celebrants to be the diversionary, merely entertaining pastiche that it is.Read more ›
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