What's the self? The query has preoccupied humans in lots of occasions and locations, yet nowhere greater than within the smooth West, the place it has spawned debates that also resound this day. Jerrold Seigel combines theoretical and contextual ways to discover the methods key figures have understood no matter if and the way a long way contributors can in achieving coherence and consistency within the face of internal tensions and exterior pressures. Clarifying that fresh "post-modernist" debts belong firmly to the culture of Western pondering they've got sought to supercede, Seigel presents a persuasive replacement to claims that the fashionable self is usually selfish or disengaged. either a Fulbright Fellow and a countrywide Endowment for the arts Fellow, Jerrold Seigel is at the moment William R. Keenan Professor of historical past at NYU. His past books comprise the personal Worlds of Marcel Duchamp (University of California Press, 1995) and Bohemian Paris: tradition, Politics and the limits of Bourgeois existence (Viking Penguin, 1986).
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