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Enlightenment Interrupted


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Michael Steinberg writes on the roots of modernity, its faultlines between personal and social, and the insoluble problems that result. He lives in Rochester, NY.


Andrew Nash, Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town - Michael Steinberg s Enlightenment Interrupted is a master class and a rollercoaster ride, all at once. The pitfalls of abstract individualism have been pointed out since Hegel, and explaining them has been central to radical political thought for fifty years by now. But it s never been easy to grasp concretely how that separation of self and world came about, and what the alternative to it could have been. The extraordinary achievement of Steinberg s book is to give us a clear view of those horizons. He sets out the key moments of German idealism, and brings out their dramatic intensity by relating them to their own time and our present crisis. The argument is lucid, timely and beautifully composed, and the stakes could not be higher."

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