You are here

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Book orders submitted from April 23rd to May 6th will be delayed due to a system upgrade. Please allow extra processing time of one to two weeks minimum. We apologize for the inconvenience. For immediate access to most SAGE books, please select the E-review copy option when requesting an instructor review copy or Electronic version when selecting a purchasing option and then follow the link to the VitalSource website to complete your request. If you require assistance with requesting an E-review copy or Electronic version, please call (800) 818-7243 ext. 6140 or email textsales@sagepub.com.

Theorizing Modernity
Share

Theorizing Modernity
Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory

  • Peter Wagner - Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, University of Barcelona, Spain


© 2001 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book argues that sociology has lost its ability to provide critical diagnoses of the present human condition because sociology has stopped considering the philosophical requirements of social enquiry. The book attempts to restore that ability by retrieving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over, inescapability and attainability. The book identifies five key questions in which issues of inescapability and attainability emerge. These are the questions of the certainty of our knowledge, the viability of our politics, the continuity of our selves, the accessibility of the past, and the transparency of the future. The book demonstrates how these questions are addressed in different forms and by different intellectual means during the past 200 years and shows how they persist today.
 
The Certainty of Knowledge
 
The Viability of the Polity
 
The Continuity of Selfhood
 
The Accessibility of the Past
 
Interlude
Modernity and Exile  
 
The Transparency of the Future
 
Epilogue
Historicity, Plurality, Probl[ac]ematiques  

`Modernity has to be understood in terms of problems, not solutions. In reflections ranging from epistemology to political theory, Peter Wagner develops an understanding of modernity in terms of inescapable problems for which only transitory solutions can be found - and opposes this convincing conception to the declarations of a new epoch of postmodernity or reflexive modernity. Balanced and innovative, this book is a must for all readers interested in social theory and the diagnosis of our time' - Professor Hans Joas, Free University Berlin


Preview this book

For instructors

This book is not available as a review copy. For more information contact your local sales representative.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780761951476
$56.00
ISBN: 9780761951469
$175.00

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.