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Situating the Self: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics First Edition Edition

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'Seyla Benhabib's voice is emerging as one of the most vital and important in contemporary social and political theory. In this collection of her recent articles, she articulates and defends a conception of interactive dialogical rationality and universalism that is sensitive to recent critiques by feminists, communitarians and postmodernists. She spans Continental and Anglo-American traditions and has a rare ability to write lucidly and forcefully about complex issues. Her critical discussions of Habermas, Arendt, MacIntyre, Lyotard (and many others) are always illuminating and provocative.'
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Focusing on contemporary debates in moral and political theory, 'Situating the Self' argues that a non-relative ethics, binding on us in virtue of our humanity, is still a philosophically viable project.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; First Edition edition (July 10, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415905478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415905473
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
"Situating the Self" is one of the best books in contemporary political theory. Benhabib starts the book by arguing that as the 20th century draws to an end, it is clear that we are also at the end of an intellectual epoch. Modernity, with its rights based liberalism, has to be rewritten.
Seyla Benhabib's work is unique because she is so well versed in both Anglo-American and Continental philosophy. She is one of the few writers whose work can address issues such as the liberal-communitarian debate while at the same time integrating the work of people like Foucault and Derrida into the debate. Too much contemporary work comes from within too narrow a perspective, and ignores other important streams of thought which are relevant to the issues debated. Not so Benhabib - she is so well fluent in so many approaches, so no relevant perspective remains untouched.
Her work is also important in that it does not attempt to remain "ideal theory", but rather looks at what's at the stake at the various theoretical debates.
This is essential reading for anyone interested in political theory, liberalism, feminist theory, communitarian theory, and the implications of postmodernism for social theory.
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Absolutely fantastic read for anyone looking to understand the complications of identity and the public sphere. Benhabib traces contemporary thought leadership from the time of Aristotle. Be prepared for density and questions that endure. This is a book you come back to a few times during your academic career.
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Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.
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