Modernity's Wager

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Adam Seligman, one of our most important social thinkers, continues the incisive critique of modernity he began in his previously acclaimed "The Idea of Civil Society" and "The Problem of Trust." In this provocative new work of social philosophy, Seligman evaluates modernity's wager, namely, the gambit to liberate the modern individual from external social and religious norms by supplanting them with the rational self as its own moral authority. Yet far from ensuring the freedom of the individual, Seligman argues, "the fundamentalist doctrine of enlightened reason has called into being its own nemesis" in the forms of ethnic, racial, and identity politics. Seligman counters that the modern human [Read more...]

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