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Description - The Truth About Postmodernism by Christopher Norris

This book was written with a view to sorting our some of the
muddles and misreadings - especially misreadings of Kant - that
have charaterized recent postmodernist and post-structuralist
thought. For these issues have a relevance, as Norris argues, far
beyond the academic enclaves of philosophy, literary theory, and
cultural criticism. Thus he makes large claims for the importance
of getting Kant right on the relation between epistemology, ethics
and aesthetics; for pursuing the Kantian question 'What is
Enlightenment?' as raised in Foucault's late essays; or again, for
recalling William Empson's spirited attempt to reassert the values
of reason and truth against the orthodox 'lit crit' wisdom of his
time. These are specialized concerns. But for better or worse it
has been largely in the context of 'theory'- that capacious though
ill-defined genre- that such issues have received their most
scrutiny over the past two decades.
As its title suggests, The Truth About Postmodernism
disputes a good deal of what currently passes for advance
theoretical wisdom. Above all it mounts a challenge to those
fashionable doctrines - variants of the 'end-of-ideology' theme -
that assimilate truth to some existing range of language-games,
discourses, or in-place consensus beliefs. Norris's book will be
welcomed for its clarity of style, its depth of philosophical
engagement, and its refusal to endorse the more facile varieties of
present-day textualist thought. It will also serve as a timely
reminder that the 'politics of theory' cannot be practised in safe
isolation from the politics (and ethics) of activist social

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631187189
ISBN-10: 0631187189
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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