Synopses & Reviews
Zygmunt Bauman's powerful and persuasive study of the postmodern perspective on ethics is particularly welcome. For Bauman the great issues of ethics have lost none of their topicality: they simply need to be seen, and dealt with, in a wholly new way. Our era, he suggests, may actually represent a dawning, rather than a twilight, for ethics.
A philosophical and sociological investigation of the postmodern perspective on morality. Going beyond fashionable and simplistic reports of "the end of ethics", Bauman argues that the postmodern era has in fact opened up the possibility of a radically new understanding of the ethical.
About the Author
Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Socilogy at the University of Leeds. He is known worldwide for his recent work in the social theory of medernity and postmodernity, in books such as Legislators and Interpreters, Modernity and the Holocaust, and Modernity and Ambivalence. He is also the author of Thinking Sociology (Blackwell, 1990).
Table of Contents
1. Moral Responsibilities, Ethical Rules.
2. The Elusive Universality.
3. The Elusive Foundations.
4. The Moral Party of Two.
5. Beyond the Moral Party.
6. Social Spaces: Cognitive, Aesthetic, Moral.
7. Private Morals, Pubic Risks.
8. An Overview: In the End is the Beginning.