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Modernity and Its Discontents

Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow



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Steven B. Smith examines the concept of modernity, not as the end product of historical developments but as a state of mind. He explores modernism as a source of both pride and anxiety, suggesting that its most distinctive characteristics are the self-criticisms and doubts that accompany social and political progress. Providing profiles of the modern project's most powerful defenders and critics-from Machiavelli and Spinoza to Saul Bellow and Isaiah Berlin-this provocative work of philosophy and political science offers a novel perspective on what it means to be modern and why discontent and sometimes radical rejection are its inevitable by-products.]]>

Product code: 9780300240238

ISBN 9780300240238
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H233xW158xS29
No. Of Pages 416
Publisher Yale University Press