This title was first published in 2002: Culture and Enlightenment are the two words that best characterise the essence of GyÃ¶rgy Markus's career, in whose honour this book is published. Markus devoted the last twenty years of research towards a theory of cultural objectivations and their pragmatics, and the great depth of his knowledge of the history of culture and philosophy informs all his teaching and writing. The pursuit of Enlightenment ideals attains reflective self-consciousness in Markus' works; forged in the knowledge of its own historicity, of the embeddedness of rationalities in culture and in an awareness of the paradoxes that cling to the conscious affirmation of ideals which are no longer self evident or beyond questioning. In taking up the challenge of these paradoxes, Markus spans the whole history of modern philosophy and culture with a matchless authority. This book draws together contributions from leading figures in contemporary philosophy, who are also friends, colleagues and former students of GyÃ¶rgy Markus. The book is divided into two sections: the first presents critical assessments of various aspects of Markus' wide-ranging works; the second presents contributions in celebration of his influence and his wide interests. In their critical assessment of Markus' work and in the demonstration of his influence, the contributors hope to convey something of the breadth and something of the excitement of doing philosophy in the company of GyÃ¶rgy Markus.
Contents: Introduction: The paradoxes of philosophy: GyÃ¶rgy Markus at Sydney University, John Grumley; Questions concerning the normative scepticism of GyÃ¶rgy Markus, Agnes Heller; The philosopher’s schizophrenia, Mikhaly Vajda; A family quarrel: Markus and Heller on philosophy, John Grumley; On liberty - a dispute with GyÃ¶rgy Markus, Janos Kis; Williams and Markus on production, Paul Jones; Beyond philosophy and culture, John Burnheim; Integrating redistribution and recognition: on class and status in contemporary society, Nancy Fraser; Reflections on radical evil: Arendt and Kant, Richard Bernstein; The bookman, SÃ¡ndor RadnÃ³ti; Karl Mannheim and Georg Lukacs: the lost heritage of heretical historicism, Michel LÃ¶wy; Seeking common ground in ethics, Paul Crittenden; Discourse ethics and the normative justification of tolerance, Pauline Johnson; Syllogisms and sociality: the logical bases of practical reason in Kant and Hegel, Paul Redding; Phronesis and legal deliberation, Arthur Glass; Intellectual dandyism: the perils of form, Amir Ahmadi; Markus Bibliography; Name Index.
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