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Modernity in crisis : a dialogue on the culture of belonging /
Leonidas Donskis ; with an introduction by Sigurd Skirbekk.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
x, 205 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0230108792 (hc : alk. paper), 9780230108790 (hc : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230108792 (hc : alk. paper)
9780230108790 (hc : alk. paper)
contents note
Troubled identity, or the European canon and the dilemmas of memory -- Secrets, mysteries, conspiracies, and art -- Eastern Europe after communism : identity and morality in a boundary region of Europe -- The crisis of modernity and the age of anesthesia, or life according to Zygmunt Bauman -- In the name of civilization, or the new forms of angst and longing.
catalogue key
7808576
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-200) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Leonidas Donskis is a member of the European Parliament. As an academic writer and editor, he has written and edited twenty-seven books, twelve of them in English. An interdisciplinary scholar, he combines political theory, history of ideas, philosophy of culture, and essayistic style. Among other books, he is the author of Troubled Identity and the Modern World (2009), Power and Imagination: Studies in Politics and Literature (2008), and Forms of Hatred: Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (2003). He has lectured and researched in the United States, Great Britain, and Europe. He also acts as a visiting professor of Social and Political Theory at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Donskis holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Bradford.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Passionate and erudite, engagingly written and courageously profound, this new book by Leonidas Donskis highlights the meanders, dilemmas, and paradoxes of modernity. It should be read by all those who reject simplistic platitudes and who are not afraid of often disturbing complexities."--Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland "This is a powerful original contribution to the philosophy of culture. Donskis shows that modernity is perforce always troubled, for we are confronted with competing cultural and political traditions from which we have emerged, while we are obliged to face divergent directions for our next steps. The result of Donskis's bold exploration is an impressive travelogue of the human spirit in which the reader takes an active part. This is truly what must be called an engaging book."--Robert Ginsberg, Director, The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry
"This is a powerful original contribution to the philosophy of culture. Donskis shows that modernity is perforce always troubled, for we are confronted with competing cultural and political traditions from which we have emerged, while we are obliged to face divergent directions for our next steps. The result of Donskis's bold exploration is an impressive travelogue of the human spirit in which the reader takes an active part. This is truly what must be called an engaging book."--Robert Ginsberg, Director, The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This book will show the relationship and tension between thought and action, politics and literature, power and dissent in modern politics and culture
Long Description
A critical inquiry into postmodern anxiety, fear, indifference, obsessive attention seeking, and the disappearance of privacy and of public space, the book offers penetrating insights into what its author terms the troubled identity, and also into the cultural canon, the weakened sense of belonging, and the inflation of key political concepts. A blend of political theory and philosophy of culture, the book exposes the tension between thought and action, politics and literature, power and dissent in postmodern politics and culture. A polemical book of an Eastern European, it raises the pivotal issues of present Europe's cultural identity and political existence.
Main Description
A blend of political theory, social theory, and philosophy of culture, the book will show the relationship and tension between thought and action, politics and literature, power and dissent in modern politics and culture.
Main Description
A critical inquiry into postmodern anxiety, fear, indifference, obsessive attention seeking, and the disappearance of privacy and of public space, the book offers penetrating insights into what its author terms the troubled identity, and also into the cultural canon, the weakened sense of belonging, and the inflation of key political concepts. Blending political theory and philosophy of culture, the book exposes the tension between thought and action, politics and literature, power and dissent in postmodern politics and culture. A polemical book of an Eastern European, it raises the pivotal issues of present Europe's cultural identity and political existence.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Troubled Identity, or the European Canon and the Dilemmas of Memoryp. 7
Secrets, Mysteries, Conspiracies, and Artp. 43
Eastern Europe after Communism: Identity and Morality in a Boundary Regionp. 81
The Crisis of Modernity and the Age of Anesthesia, or Life According to Zygmunt Baumanp. 133
In the Name of Civilization, or the New Forms of Angst and Longingp. 167
Works Citedp. 195
Indexp. 201
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