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Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture, 2nd Edition

Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture, 2nd Edition

Robert B. Pippin

ISBN: 978-0-631-21413-7

Oct 1999

256 pages

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Modernism as a Philosophical Problem, 2e presents a new interpretation of the negative and critical self-understanding characteristic of much European high culture since romanticism and especially since Nietzsche, and answers the question of why the issue of modernity became a philosophical problem in European tradition.
Introduction to the Second Edition.


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.

25. Postmodernity?

26. Modernity as Dialectic.




* The second edition contains a new introduction discussing the current state of the modernity controversy, and an additional chapter, entitled, Nietzsche and the Melancholy of Modernity.
* 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.