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Modernity, argues Bauman, promised to bring the kind of clarity and transparency to human life that only reason can offer. This has not happened, and today we no longer believe that it ever will. We are ever more acutely aware of the irredeemable contingency of our existence, choices, identities and life-projects. Bauman goes on to examine why modernity did not deliver its promise. He argues that the answers lie in the promise itself and in the self-defeating nature of all attempts to fulfil it. Our post-modern age, Bauman suggests, is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, and the time to learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745612423
ISBN-10: 0745612423
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw. He was the winner of the prestigious European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences, 1989, he was also awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize for 1998.

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