Postmodernism Rightly Understood: The Return to Realism in American Thought

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - Philosophy - 195 pages
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Postmodernism Rightly Understood is a dramatic return to realism--a poetic attempt to attain a true understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the postmodern predicament. Prominent political theorist Peter Augustine Lawler reflects on the flaws of postmodern thought, the futility of pragmatism, and the spiritual emptiness of existentialism. Lawler examines postmodernism by interpreting the writings of five respected and best selling American authors--Francis Fukuyama, Richard Rorty, Allan Bloom, Walker Percy, and Christopher Lasch. Lawler explains why the alternatives available in our time are either a 'soulless niceness, ' which Fukuyama, Rorty, and Bloom described as the result of modern success, or a postmodern moral responsibility that accompanies love in the ruins, as articulated by Percy and Lasch. This is a fresh and compelling look at the crisis of the human soul and intellect accompanied by the onset of postmodernity.

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Page 13 - Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987); ED Hirsch, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987).
Page 13 - Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953), p.

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\Peter Augustine Lawler is professor of government at Berry College and associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science, is the author and editor of eight books and over 100 articles and chapters.

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