Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence

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SUNY Press, 01.01.1996 - 260 Seiten
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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 return to a pre-modern 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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After Nietzsche? When Unmodern Turned Antimodern
23
After the Polis? On the Use and Abuse of Aristotles Political Animal
67
After Virtue? On Distorted Philosophical Narratives
91
After Christendom? On Distorted Theological Narratives
127
After Belief? Fundamentalism Secularization and the Tragic Posture
163
Aftermath? On Modernist Prejudices and the Past
201
A POSTMORTEM ON POSTMODERNITY
233
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
251
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Über den Autor (1996)

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. is Visiting Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University

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