Show Less
Restricted access

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.

Show Summary Details
Restricted access



Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Dobrowolski, Jacek, 1976- author.

Title: The rise and fall of modern man / Jacek Dobrowolski.

Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Modernity in question, ISSN 2193-3421 ; Vol. 9 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016056961 | ISBN 9783631712689

Subjects: LCSH: Philosophical anthropology. | Human beings--History.

Classification: LCC BD450 .D625 2017 | DDC 128--dc23 LC record available at

This publication was financially supported by the University of Warsaw.

Jacek Dobrowolski’s Essay The Rise and Fall of Modern Man was awarded an honorable mention in the second edition of the Barbara Skarga Essay Contest announced by the Foundation for Thought in May 2013. The result was announced in October 2014. The essay answers the question: Can science and technology answer the ancient challenge: Know Thyself?

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.