(Dis)figurations: Discourse/critique/ethics

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Verso, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 269 pages
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There has been, over the last decades, a deep crisis in the models which, for a long time, have been central metaphors governing thought and research in the social sciences. The main symptom in this paradigmatic shift has been the increasing centrality of the 'discourse' approach in social theory. The philosophical implications of this shift have not, until now, been thoroughly explored. Ranging over the work of Heidegger and Gramsci, this philosophical exploration is not carried out by Angus as a purely analytical enterprise, but as a comprehensive attempt at rethinking the whole project of a critical philosophy.
 

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Contents

Constitutive Paradox
28
The Rebound to Contingency
51
Epochal Criticism
92
Reconstructing Democracy in the Media
129
Ethics at the End of Philosophy
154
Beyond Gnoseology
184
Critique of General Rhetoric
214
The Epoch of Disembodied Signs
256
Index
265
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Ian Angus teaches humanities and sociology at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is the author of A Border Within: National Identity, Cultural Plurality and Wilderness; Primal Scenes of Communication; Technique and Enlightenment: Limits of Instrumental Reason; and George Grant's Platonic Rejoinder to Heidegger.

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