Modernity and Its Critics

Jane Bennett

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Modernity and Its Critics


This article looks at the concept of modernity and the philosophy of its critics. It discusses the epochal shift and the secularization of a traditional order that had been imbued with divine or natural purpose and suggests that the condition of modernity refers to a set of institutional structures associated with popular elections, rule by law and a secular bureaucracy. The article also contends that modernity is alive and kicking even within a theoretical framework of postmodernism.

Keywords: modernity; epochal shift; institutional structures; popular elections; rule by law; secular bureaucracy; postmodernism

Article.  5131 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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