Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow (Hardcover)

Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

By Steven B. Smith

Yale University Press, 9780300198393, 416pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

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Description

Steven B. Smith examines the concept of modernity, not as the end product of historical developments but as a state of mind. He explores modernism as a source of both pride and anxiety, suggesting that its most distinctive characteristics are the self-criticisms and doubts that accompany social and political progress. Providing profiles of the modern project's most powerful defenders and critics--from Machiavelli and Spinoza to Saul Bellow and Isaiah Berlin--this provocative work of philosophy and political science offers a novel perspective on what it means to be modern and why discontent and sometimes radical rejection are its inevitable by-products.


About the Author

Steven B. Smith is Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT.
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