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Under Weber’s Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and MacIntyre by [Breen, Keith]
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'Through a rich and imaginative engagement with the writings of Habermas, Arendt and MacIntyre, Keith Breen conducts a profound and challenging investigation into the legacy of a broadly Weberian understanding of the political condition of modernity, and the place of individual subjectivity within it. Under Weber's Shadow is a work that should be of exceptional interest to all those concerned with the way we live now.' John Horton, Keele University, UK 'Under Weber's Shadow offers a powerful demonstration of just how central - and how intellectually productive - Weber's analysis of modernity was for twentieth-century political theory. Breen's insightful examinations of Habermas, Arendt, and MacIntyre, reveal surprising continuities across their work, while mounting a compelling argument against their "intersubjectivist" responses to Weber's political realism.' Jason Frank, Cornell University, USA 'Based on a breathtaking reconstruction of the limits of Weber's vision of modernity and modern political life and of Habermas's, Arendt's and MacIntyre's various attempts to overcome these limits, Breen offers a creative and vigorous vindication of the strategic moment of politics, albeit one directed towards human flourishing and kept in check by moderation and care.' Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Italy '... each of these assessments is highly insightful and detailed, the authors presented fairly, sympathetically, and in their own voice, the subsequent critique is all the more penetrating and persuasive. There are flashes of brilliance here... of special interest to scholars of Arendt, Habermas and MacIntyre...' LSE Review of Books blog '[Breen's] for the most part well-argued and often illuminating reading of Habermas, Arendt, and MacIntyre helps broaden our understanding of these three distinct thinkers' varying critiques of and responses to Weber and the challenge of political modernity - as well as their possible limitations. In so doing, Breen also opens spaces to rethink the conditions and paradoxes of political subjectivity and action in a, for better or worse, partially globalized and persistently modern world.' Perspectives on Politics 'This book would make an excellent required text for courses on Contemporary Political Issues or a secondary text for courses in political theory and philosophy, social theory, or critical theory. Anyone interested in Weber, Habermas, Arendt, or MacIntyre would do well to read this, both to get a sense where each thinker succeeds and a sense of where each thinker fails. It would be difficult to take seriously any future critical work that does not at least acknowledge an engagement with the problems that Breen identifies in each thinker. In fact, anyone interested in political science, management, or business would do well to read this to understand just exactly how theorists have understood the modern world and how to think about their own future work.' Marx & Philosophy Review of Books 'Breen forcefully demonstrates that the three thinkers, despite their limited interest in each other's work, share the fundamental concerns with modernity, (inter)subjectivity and the normative ground of politics; and that these themes may be richly illuminated through a Weberian lens. ... Under Weber's Shadow offers a concise and thought-provoking discussion of the four prolific thinkers' writings. Moreover, it is greater than the sum of its parts: it shows how, despite the important work by Habermas, Arendt and MacIntyre, Weber's insights remain profoundly relevant to the theory and practice of contemporary politics.' Political Studies Review

About the Author

Keith Breen is a Lecturer in political Theory at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

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  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OTKEZ0
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