The Barbarian Temperament: Towards a Postmodern Critical Theory

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Routledge, Jul 23, 2013 - Social Science - 352 pages
This scintillating book by one of the most interesting young sociologists currently working in the USA is a provocative and timely contribution to the debate on civilization, modernity and postmodernity. The author argues that modernity never jettisoned barbarism. Instead barbarism was repackaged in modern and postmodern traditions and cultures.
 

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Contents

1 How to comprehend barbarism in the midst of enlightenment
1
2 Methodological and empirical issues in perceiving modern barbarism
28
3 Barbarism and the idea of progress
49
4 Finding a ground for discourse
68
5 Choosing philosophical trajectories regarding barbarism
100
6 Deconstructing the problem of social order
119
7 Moving beyond hermeneutics
140
8 Reconstructing homo duplex
167
the nature of psychic wounds
187
10 Barbarism and human agency
223
11 Conclusions
247
Notes
280
References
298
Name index
320
Subject index
323
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