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The Disenchantment of Reason
The Problem of Socrates in Modernity
The Disenchantment of Reason
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Paul R. Harrison - Author
SUNY series in Social and Political Thought
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 258 pages
Release Date: April 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1837-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1837-6

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Paperback - 258 pages
Release Date: March 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1838-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1838-3

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This book is an examination of nineteenth-century interpretations of Socrates by Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche in the light of the contemporary debates over rationality in the modern world. These interpretations of Socrates have fundamentally influenced modern and postmodern thought, and their complexity reflects both an attraction to, and a fear of, the peculiarly modern concept of reason that Socrates is read as embodying.

Socrates is seen in this book as an emblematic figure through which the constitutive tensions between enlightenment and romanticism in modern thought can be understood. In the concluding chapter, Harrison analyzes the claims of discursive reason versus those of deconstruction in the postmodern conflict over the figure of Socrates.

"This book is very tightly argued and logical throughout. It is broad in scope, well-based in scholarly literature, and shows complete command of its subject. The author is outstanding in showing unexpected ramifications, the drawing of comparisons and contrasts." -- Horst Mewes, University of Colorado, Boulder

Paul R. Harrison is Lecturer in the Sociology Department at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Problem of Socrates in Modernity

1. Hegel: Socrates As the Inventor of Morals

2. Kierkegaard: Socrates As Existential Thinker

3. Nietzsche: Socrates As Theoretical Man

Conclusion: Socrates between Modernity and Postmodernity

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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