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Description - The Modern Self in the Labyrinth by Eyal Chowers

This book explores the distinct historical-political imagination of the self in the twentieth century and advances two arguments. First, it suggests that we should read the history of modern political philosophy afresh in light of a theme that emerges in the late eighteenth century: the rift between self and social institutions. Second, it argues that this rift was reformulated in the twentieth century in a manner that contrasts with the optimism of nineteenth-century thinkers regarding its resolution. It proposes a new political imagination of the twentieth century found in the works of Weber, Freud, and Foucault, and characterises it as one of "entrapment." Eyal Chowers shows how thinkers working within diverse theoretical frameworks and fields nevertheless converge in depicting a self that has lost its capacity to control or transform social institutions. He argues that Weber, Freud, and Foucault helped shape the distinctive thought and culture of the past century by portraying a dehumanised and distorted self marked by sameness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674013308
ISBN-10: 0674013301
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eyal Chowers

Eyal Chowers is a senior lecturer and the Chair of the Political Science Department at Tel-Aviv University.

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