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Modernity and Its DiscontentsMaking and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow$
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Steven B. Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198393

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198393.001.0001

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Modernity and Its Doubles

Modernity and Its Doubles

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Modernity and Its Discontents

Steven B. Smith

Yale University Press

In this final chapter of the book, the author reflects on how today’s scepticism about progress has less to do with the Enlightenment’s failures than with its successes. It is the success of the regimes shaped by science,the market, and democracy that have made them an object of envy, fear,loathing, and resentment. This should scarcely come as a surprise. Modernityhas become inseparable from the doubts we feel about it.

Keywords:   Modernity, Progress, Scepticism, Counter-Enlightenment, America

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