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Legislators and Interpreters: On Modernity, Post-Modernity and Intellectuals

Legislators and Interpreters: On Modernity, Post-Modernity and Intellectuals

Zygmunt Bauman

ISBN: 978-0-745-63807-2 May 2013 Polity 224 Pages

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The book discusses the role of intellectuals in the modern world. Bauman connects this with current analyses of modernity and post-modernity. The theme of the book is that the tasks of intellectuals change from being 'legislators' to 'interpreters' with the transition from modernity to post-modernity.
The book discusses the role of intellectuals in the modern world. Bauman connects this with current analyses of modernity and post-modernity. The theme of the book is that the tasks of intellectuals change from being 'legislators' to 'interpreters' with the transition from modernity to post-modernity.
Introduction:.

Intellectuals: From Modern Legislators to Post-modern Interpreters.

1. Paul Radin, or an Aetiology of the Intellectuals.

2. Les philosophes: The Archetype and the Utopia.

3. Sociogenesis of the Power Knowledge Syndrome.

4. Gamekeepers turned Gardeners.

5. Educating People.

6. Discovery of Culture.

7. Ideology, or Building the World of Ideas.

8. The Fall of the Legislator.

9. The Rise of the Interpreter.

10. Two Nations, Mark Two: The Seduced.

11. Two Nations, Mark Two: The Repressed.

12. Conclusions: one too many.

Notes.

Index.

'Astonishing and intriguing.' New Society

'This is the first book since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that I've read from cover to cover twice ... Bauman's book is endlessly fascinating.' Tribune

'Enthralling ... a fascinating pot-pourri of contemporary sociological preoccupations.' Times Literary Supplement

* Discusses debates in which there is currently much interest (overlaps with the themes of 'Habermas and Modernity', which has been discussed very widely indeed). * The author is one of the foremost writers in social theory and cultural studies today. * Develops an original argument about the position of intellectuals in the contemporary world.
* Discusses debates in which there is currently much interest (overlaps with the themes of 'Habermas and Modernity', which has been discussed very widely indeed). * The author is one of the foremost writers in social theory and cultural studies today. * Develops an original argument about the position of intellectuals in the contemporary world.