Modernity

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We live in a modern age, but what does modern mean and how can a reflection on modernity help us to understand the world today? These are the questions that Peter Wagner sets out to answer in this c...
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We live in a modern age, but what does modern mean and how can a reflection on modernity help us to understand the world today? These are the questions that Peter Wagner sets out to answer in this concise and accessible book. Wagner begins by returning to the question of modernitys Western origins and its claims to open up a new and better era in the history of humanity. Modernitys claims and expectations have become more prevalent and widely shared, but in the course of their realization and diffusion they have also been radically transformed. In an acute and engaging analysis, Wagner examines the following key issues among others: - Modernity was based on the hope for freedom and reason, but it created the institutions of contemporary capitalism and democracy. How does the freedom of the citizen relate to the freedom of the buyer and seller today? And what does disaffection with capitalism and democracy entail for the sustainability of modernity? - Rather than a single model of modernity, there is now a plurality of forms of modern socio-political organisation.
Uitgever John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9780745652917
Auteur Wagner, P
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