Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture, 2nd Edition
October 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Introduction: The Modernity Problem.
1. Sensing the End.
2. German Homesickness.
Part II: Modernity and Modernism.
3. Modernity as a Historical Category.
4. The Legitimacy Problem.
5. The 'Culture of Rupture'.
6. Paradoxes and Problems.
Part III: Idealism and Modernity.
7. The Kantian Enlightenment.
8. The Limits of Transcendental Idealism.
9. Hegel's Experiment.
10. Hegelian Teleology.
Part IV: "Nihilism Stands at the Door": Nietzsche.
11. Nietzsche's Complaint.
12. Modernity as 'Twilight' Zone.
13. Origins and Perspectives.
14. The 'Pathos of Distance'.
Part V: "The Age of Consummate Meaninglessness": Heidegger.
15. Failed Autonomy.
16. Modernity as a 'Metaphysical' Problem.
17. The 'Vollendung' of Metaphysics.
18. The Turn, Turning Away, and Overturning.
Part VI: The Death of God and Modern Melancholy.
19. Nietzsche's 'Insane' Prophet.
20. Mourning or Melancholy?
21. Nietzichian Health.
22. Nietzichian Therapy.
Part VII: Unending Modernity.
23. Modern Options.
24. The Dialetic of Modernity.
26. Modernity as Dialectic.
* The second edition of a book that has become a standard text to which many references in literature are made.
* Represents a distinctive interpretation of modernity: the author develops an original argument against Nietzschean and Heideggerean claims about a "nihilistic" end to the modern tradition, and defends a reconsideration of many of Hegel's original claims about the nature and potential "completion" of modernity.
* Takes the reader on an adventurous voyage through the authentic thinking of Hegel without repeating all the conventional wisdom.
* Identifies the most important claims made on behalf of modern philosophy, and the most important objections to have emerged against those claims.
* Combines analytical precision and broad speculative powers.