DescriptionWritten by one of the most influential figures in post-World-War-II social thought, A Theory of Modernity is a comprehensive analysis of the main dynamics of modernity, which discusses the technological, social and political elements of modernism.
1. Modernity from a Postmodern Perspective: The Philosophical Presuppositions.
2. Challenge by the Heritage: Hegel, Marx, Weber.
3. The Two Constituents of Modernity: The Dynamics of Modernity.
4. The Two Constituents of Modernity: The Modern Social Arrangement.
5. The Three Logics of Modernity: The Logic of Technology, Science as the Dominating World-View of Modernity.
6. The Three Logics of Modernity: The Logic of the Division of Social Positions, Functions, and Wealth.
7. The Three Logics of Modernity: The Logic of Political Power (Domination).
8. Culture and Civilization: The Three Concepts of Culture.
9. Culture and Civilization II: The Omnivorous Modernity.
10. Culture and Civilization III: Civilization.
11. World-time and Life-time.
12. Space, place and home.
13. Law, ethos and ethics. The question of values.
14. Happinessshenticity; an ethics of personality.
--Richard J. Bernstein, The New School for Social Research
"The book is an elegantly written and assured summation of her views on modernity from a philosopher probably now at the height of her powers. It incorporates Heller's own philosophical perspective, an outline of her great predecessors, a comprehensive theory of modernity and a spirit with its own complex cultural dynamic and novel subjective experience and problems."
--John Grumley, University of Sydney
* Inclusive survey of traditional theorists integrated with life experiences from the Holocaust and Stalinism.
* Lucid and engaging prose.