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Maturity and modernity: Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the ambivalence of reason

Owen, David (1994) Maturity and modernity: Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the ambivalence of reason, London, UK, Routledge

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"Maturity and Modernity" examines Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault as a distinct trajectory of critical thinking within modern thought which traces the emergence and development of genealogy in the form of imminent critique. David Owen clarifies the relationship between these thinkers and responds to Habermas' (and Dews') charge that these thinkers are nihilists and that their approach is philosophically incoherent and practically irresponsible by showing how genealogy as a practical activity is directed toward the achievements of human autonomy. The scope of the book covers the critical methodologies developed by these thinkers with respect to the analysis of how we have become what we are and the implication which they draw for the possibility of human autonomy in the present. It proceeds by detailed analysis of each thinker in turn showing the structure of their approach, their historical account of the emergence of modernity, and the politics of their attempts to facilitate the achievement of human autonomy.

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Published date: 1994

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Local EPrints ID: 34838
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34838
ISBN: 0415053986
PURE UUID: 0d63b82f-987a-4655-9caa-c50b5c2f40f1
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:49

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