1st Edition

History in the Discursive Condition
Reconsidering the Tools of Thought

ISBN 9780415782197
Published May 5, 2011 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

In this bold new book, Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth traces the broadly established challenges to modernity that now confront historians and citizens of Western societies generally. She puts forward a clear definition of both The Modern Condition and  of The Discursive Condition that challenges it, and  she briefly introduces  the most important practical implications of those challenges to accepted definitions and tools of thought. 
After decades of conflicting work on related issues this book provides a succinct, lucid and wide-ranging discussion of what is at stake. Drawing on a broad range of intellectual and cultural history from Homer to Hayden White and from the arts to physics, philosophy and politics, this book defines a new stage in the history of ideas.  With the practice and assumptions of historians at its core, the book demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary practice in addressing the big questions currently confronting the humanities and social sciences.


Table of Contents

Contents: The Discursive Challenge  Preface: Get Over It  1 The Modern Condition  2 The Discursive Condition  Practical Implications: Some Basics  3 Individuality and Agency in the Discursive Condition  4. Discursive Time: Phase, Phrase, Rhythm  5. Method and the Tools of Thought  6. Action and Art

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