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The Rise and Fall of Modern Man


Jacek Dobrowolski

Award-winning essay in philosophical anthropology meditating on who, in terms of history of ideas, modern western man was, is, and will perhaps become. The author focuses on developments of modern man’s self-knowledge, understood both as concept of his own human nature and as individual self-consciousness, made possible by the idea that each human being is an autonomous rational agent. The book examines how Selfhood and self-governed individuality connect to science and technology, and offers an imaginative exploration of various modern narratives of human singularity, from Robinson Crusoe to Zarathustra, and to contemporary individual Facebook profiles.

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12. Selected Bibliography


Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Dialectics of enlightenment, Standord University Press 2002

Theodor W. Adorno, Negative Dialectics, Bloomsbury 2000

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, University of Chicago Press, 1958

Judith Butler, Precarious Life. The Powers of Mourning and Violence, Verso 2004

Judith Butler, Frames of War. When is Life Grievable?, Verso 2009

P.M. Churchland, The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul. A Philosophical Journey into the Brain, The MIT Press 1996

Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Penguin Books 1999

Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, What is Philosophy?, Columbia University Press 1994

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