معرفی کتاب The Unraveling of the West: The Rise of Postmodernism and the Decline of Democracy

The Unraveling of the West :The Rise of Postmodernism and the Decline of Democracy
Author: Donald N. Wood
Publisher: Praeger
2003
Pages: 249

فروپاشی غرب : ظهور پست‌مدرنیسم و زوال دموکراسی
نویسنده: دونالد اِن. وود
ناشر: پریگر
سال نشر: ۲۰۰۳
تعداد صفحات: ۲۴۹

دربارهٔ کتاب:

The West is declining, and Wood blames it on the self-implosion of our intellectual cultural heritage. Modernism is collapsing under its own weight, as postmodern ideals eat away at the West’s twin pillars of reason and responsibility. Our media-fueled, image-driven, non-linear recasting of the good life has led to the rejection of reason, the enshrinement of greed, ecological debasement, retribalization, and the erosion of democratic mores. Wood thoughtfully explains the origins of our current cultural malaise, and argues that western culture literally becomes more unreasonable as we abandon our Enlightenment heritage and become an anti-intellectual society.

There are steps we can take to reclaim our intellectual heritage. We need a sense of balance, and affirmation of the best qualities of modernism and postmodernism. Although science and religion must be championed, there is much value in passion and spontaneity, for religion and existential faith, for tradition and for community. Some remedies Wood considers include a return to the liberal arts, environmental restoration, economic restructuring and equity, and worldwide political reform. (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unraveling-of-the-west-donald-n-wood/1111303025)

 فهرست مطالب کتاب:

I The Problem: Trying to Define What’s Wrong

1. A Culture in Disarray

2. Modernism: Defining the Intellectual Roots

3. Intellectualism: Defining the Twin Pillars

4. Exploring Postmodernism

5. Exploring Post-Intellectualism

6. Three Periods of Intellectual Evolution

7. Two Faces of Post-Intellectualism

II. The Causes: How Things Got Out of Control

8. Inherent Contradictions of Intellectualism

9. Three Underlying Determinants

10. The Transition to Post-Intellectualism

11. The Real story of the Sixties

12. Living in a Mediated Reality

III. The Effects: Six Crises of the Twenty-First Century

13. Discarding Individualism

14. Swapping Materialism for Morality

15. Rejecting Reason

16. Courting Ecological Disaster

17. Embracing Tribalism and Religious Fundamentalism

18. Giving Ecological Disaster

IV. Solutions: Several Outlandish Proposals

19. The Search for Values

20. Educational Restructuring.

21. Environmental Restoration

22. Economic Reform

23. Global Transformation.

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