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Afterwords : Hellenism, modernism, and the myth of decadence

Author: Louis A Ruprecht
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book about nostalgia raises the question of why it has become such a dominant and influential posture in contemporary philosophical and theological writing. The author notes the presence of the word "after" in a great many contemporary academic titles, and notes a spiritual sort of alienation that many feel in the "modern age." Out of this scholarly discontent emerges one of two related attempts: the attempt to  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis A Ruprecht
ISBN: 0791429334 9780791429334 0791429342 9780791429341
OCLC Number: 32820879
Description: xiii, 260 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: On Living After Greece --
1. After Nietzsche? When Un-modern Turned Anti-modern --
2. After the Polis? On the Use and Abuse of Aristotle's Political Animal --
3. After Virtue? On Distorted Philosophical Narratives --
4. After Christendom? On Distorted Theological Narratives --
5. After Belief? Fundamentalism, Secularization, and the Tragic Posture --
6. Aftermath? On Modernist Prejudices and the Past --
Afterword: A Post-Mortem on Post-Modernity.
Responsibility: Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Abstract:

This book about nostalgia raises the question of why it has become such a dominant and influential posture in contemporary philosophical and theological writing. The author notes the presence of the word "after" in a great many contemporary academic titles, and notes a spiritual sort of alienation that many feel in the "modern age." Out of this scholarly discontent emerges one of two related attempts: the attempt to return to a premodern manner of thinking and being (nostalgia); and the playful flight into some vaguely defined "postmodernity" (utopia). In either case, the common perception is that modernity is a problem, a problem to be avoided or escaped. Bringing philosophical and theological texts into conversation with one another, the book discovers a startling similarity in the accounts of modernness offered in these disparate idioms. Both are telling a story - a story which, the author argues, is as seductive as it is misguided.

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