Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow (Hardcover)
Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow
Yale University Press, 9780300198393, 416pp.
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
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.