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By Martin Jay

A range of Martin Jay's contemporary writings on modern notion and tradition, it is a ebook approximately rules that matter―and approximately why principles topic. Borrowing from Flaubert's thought of a dictionary of "received rules" and Raymond Williams's explorations of the "keywords" of the fashionable age, Jay investigates a number of the valuable options in which we at present arrange our suggestions and lives. His themes diversity from "theory" and "experience" to the which means of "multiculturalism" and the dynamics of cultural "subversion." one of the thinkers he engages are Bataille and Foucault, Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe, Walter Benjamin, Christa Wolf, and Jean-François Lyotard.

By taking a look heavily at what "words do and perform," Jay makes us conscious of the level to which the language we use mediates and shapes our event. via supporting to distance us from a lot that we now take with no consideration, he makes it tough for us to stay conveniently definite approximately what we expect we all know.

Elegantly written and richly insightful, this can be a paintings of cultural feedback and highbrow research of the 1st order.

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