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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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548439.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Modernity and Its Critics

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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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