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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262231602 | 276 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 1991
Paperback | $24.00 X | £16.95 | ISBN: 9780262731096 | 276 pp. | 6 x 9 in | October 1993
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The Persistence of Modernity

Essays on Aesthetics, Ethics, and Postmodernism


The Persistence of Modernity presents four essays, drawn from works by one of Germany's foremost philosophers, that go to the heart of a number of contemporary issues: Adorno's aesthetics, the nature of a postmodern ethics, and the persistence of modernity in the so-called postmodern age.Albrecht Wellmer defends the general thesis that modernity contains its own critique and that what has been called postmodernism is in fact a further articulation of that critique. More specifically, his essays offer a reinterpretation of Adorno's aesthetics in the framework of a postutopian philosophy of communicative reason, an analysis of the postmodern critique of instrumental reason and its subject that becomes an argument for democratic pluralism and universalism, a discussion of the dialectics of modernism and postmodernism in the context of architecture and industrial design, and a dialogical ethics that is inspired by and yet takes issue with Habermas's discourse ethics.Albrecht Wellmer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Berlin.

About the Author

Albrecht Wellmer is Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin.