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Author Halberstam, Michael, 1963-
Title Totalitarianism and the modern conception of politics / Michael Halberstam.
Imprint New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 1999.

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Author Halberstam, Michael, 1963-
Subject Totalitarianism.
Description 1 online resource (x, 290 pages)
Note "This book grew out of my dissertation work with Karsten Harries at Yale University"--Acknowledgments.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-277) and index.
Summary "Halberstam argues that neither liberalism nor totalitarianism can be understood without the other. Liberalism reflects the modern conception of politics: a vision of society as a human construct answering to an unprecedented valorization of freedom. The liberal attempt to emancipate politics from culture, however, risks a loss of shared meaning that totalitarianism promises to repair. The author thus reveals how the idea of totalitarianism embodies truths and contradictions about liberalism itself. The philosophical heart of the book is a critical development of Immanuel Kant's theory of reflective, aesthetic judgment, exposing the limits of reason and taking up what Hannah Arendt's unfinished work suggests. This rich study in the history of modern political thought from Hobbes through Marx to the present culminates with a new and surprising interpretation of Arendt's theory of totalitarianism."--Jacket.
Contents Society as artifact -- Social reconstruction and the problem of meaning -- Liberalism versus totalitarianism -- Freedom, common sense, and the limited reach of reason -- The indeterminacy of Kant's rational reason and the intervention of taste -- Totalitarianism as the liberal nightmare -- Modernity and the loss of world -- Terrible freedom.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 058534485X (electronic bk.)
9780585344850 (electronic bk.)
9780300146660 (electronic bk.)
0300146663 (electronic bk.)
0300071809 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 47008681
Additional Format Print version: Halberstam, Michael, 1963- Totalitarianism and the modern conception of politics. New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 1999 0300071809 (DLC) 99034499 (OCoLC)41445833
Table of Contents
Pt. 1Modern Emancipation and the Problem of Meaning 
 Ch. 1Society as Artifact15
 Ch. 2Social Reconstruction and the Problem of Meaning27
 Ch. 3Liberalism versus Totalitarianism36
Pt. 2Questioning the Self-Understanding of Liberalism 
 Ch. 4Freedom, Common Sense, and the Limited Reach of Reason59
 Ch. 5The Indeterminancy of Kant's Rational Reason and the Intervention of Taste71
 Ch. 6Totalitarianism as the Liberal Nightmare113
Pt. 3Hannah Arendt on Modernity and the Experience of Totalitarianism 
 Ch. 7Modernity and the Loss of World133
 Ch. 8Terrible Freedom169

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