Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath: Foundationalism and by Stephen Crook

By Stephen Crook

Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath explores the ways that Marx, Durkheim, Althusser and Habermas have all been drawn in the direction of foundationalism, and provides a framework for the research of foundationalism in social concept. The articulation of another "post foundational" radicalism is much from easy. very important topics are pointed out within the paintings of Simmel, Weber, and Adorno and in a few postmodernist idea, yet they're at consistent chance of regression into metaphysics or nihilism. The publication closes with a plea for radicalism that could hold the responsibility of inquiry whereas dealing with as much as the contingency of price. Modernist Radicalism and its Aftermath deals either an interpretation of "classical" social concept and a presentation of latest debates on modernity and postmodernism.

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The more vigorous critiques simply re-assert the principles of a preferred modernist radicalism, while synthetic efforts fail to appreciate just how corrosive postmodernism is of the ambitions of modernist radicalism. As the argument stands at the end of chapter five, the prospects for radical social theory are not good. It seems to be faced with a choice between the equally unappealing options of a ‘metaphysical’ modernist radicalism and a ‘nihilistic’ postmodernism. If there is to be any third way, it must lie in a development of the anti-foundational themes traced in Simmel, Weber, Horkheimer and Adorno.

The incapacity of the author apart, there are good reasons for ending a book of this kind on a cautious note. First, ambitious plans for imaginary sciences and practices have been among the main vehicles of traditional radical social theory. The programmatic impulse has been as responsible as anything for the drift into speculative and foundational syntheses. Second, if premature synthesis is a persistent flaw in traditional radicalisms, it may well be that there is no single alternative to it.

However, precisely because this starting point is so conventional, it is all the more important to avoid complicity with what Giddens has termed the ‘myth of the great divide’. In this ‘myth’ a fundamental watershed separates the pre-history of social theory, when it was not yet disentangled from speculative philosophy or the philosophy of history, from its foundation as a distinct and novel science of society. (Giddens, 1982:40) Different versions of this myth animate the autobiographies of Marxist and non-Marxist social theory.

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