The Persistence of Modernity. Aesthetics, Ethics and Postmodernism

  • ID: 2247444
  • Book
  • 236 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In this timely new book Wellmer intervenes in the highly topical debates on modernity and post–modernity. Discussing the work of Adorno, Habermas, Peter Burger and Jean–François Lyotard, among others, he offers a penetrating analysis of the aesthetic, ethical and philosophical dimensions of the modern era. In opposition to those who view post–modernity as a sign of post–enlightenment, Wellmer makes a reasoned plea for a re–examination of the goals of emancipatory Enlightenment and explores its implications for the appreciation of modern art forms.
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Introduction.

1. Truth, Semblance, Reconciliation: Adorno′s Aesthetic Redemption of Modernity.

2. The Dialectic of Modernism and Postmodernism: The Critique of Reason Since Adorno.

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′Albrecht Wellmer is one of the liveliest and most challenging German philosophers engaged in recent debates about modernity and postmodernity ... [a] rich and stimulating book ... essential reading.′Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

′Contributes a good deal to the clarification of the issues currently being debated by theorists of post–modernity.′ Political Studies

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