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Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations: 8 (Literature, Culture, Theory, Series Number 8)

Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations: 8 (Literature, Culture, Theory, Series Number 8)

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Horace L. Fairlamb
Cambridge University Press, 5/26/1994
EAN 9780521456654, ISBN10: 0521456657

Paperback, 286 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

The postmodern debate has been heavily influenced by often contradictory conclusions about the foundations of knowledge: hermeneutics challenges epistemology, politics challenges science, identity theory challenges critical theory, pragmatism challenges formalism, and so on. Horace Fairlamb contends that philosophy's foundationist quest has usually been misconceived as a choice between a 'super-science' and theoretical anarchy. Through an examination of the history of foundationism, and detailed analysis of the work of leading theorists including Fish, Foucault, Derrida, Gadamer and Habermas, Dr Fairlamb argues for a less reductive and less arbitrary conception of knowledge and meaning. The result in this 1994 book is a sophisticated critique of contemporary theory with implications for philosophers as well as literary theorists, and an important contribution to the re-evaluation of theoretical discourse.

Introduction
1. Fish's strong conventions
the mind's own world
2. Brave new words
postmoderism on epistemology
3. Theory and/or deconstruction
Derrida slippage
4. Gadamer's universalism
the limits of hermeneutic authority
5. Critical politics
deconstruction for Americans
6. Foucault's microphysical politics
big brother is missing
7. Habermas' neo-formalism
theory as praxis
8. Critical theory and postmodern localism
rebels without a cause
Conclusion.