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Postmodern Theory and Progressive Politics

Toward a New Humanism

  • Thomas de Zengotita

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Essential Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 11-53
  3. Modernism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 57-90
    3. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 91-100
    4. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 101-112
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 115-126
    3. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 127-136
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-145
    2. Thomas de Zengotita
      Pages 147-179
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    4. Thomas de Zengotita
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    5. Thomas de Zengotita
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-393

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the lasting influence of the academic culture wars of the late 20th century on the humanities and progressive politics, and what to make now of those furious debates over postmodernism, multiculturalism, relativism, critical theory, deconstruction, post-structuralism, and so on. In an effort to arrive at a fair judgment on that question, the book reaches for an understanding of postmodern theorists by way of two genres they despised; and hopes, for that reason, to do them justice. The story, in its telling, justifies two basic claims: first, that the phenomenological/hermeneutical tradition is the most suitable source of theory for a humanism that aspires to be truly universal; and, second, that the ethical and political aspect of the human condition is authentically accessible only through narrative. In conclusion, it argues that the postmodern moment was a necessary one, or will have been if we rise to the occasion—and that that is its historical significance. 

Keywords

subjectivity suspicion hermeneutics structuralism poststructuralism psychoanalysis humanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas de Zengotita
    • 1
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew York, NYUSA

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