Book Review:The Morality of Freedom. Joseph Raz [Book Review]

Ethics 98 (4):850- (1988)
Abstract
This thesis examines the relationship between nihilism and postmodernism in relation to the sublime, and is divided into two parts: theory and literature. Beginning with histories of nihilism and the sublime, the Enlightenment is constructed as a conflict between the two. Rather than promote a simple binarism, however, nihilism is constructed as a temporally-displaced form of sublimity that is merely labelled as nihilism because of the dominant ideologies at the time. Postmodernism, as a product of the Enlightenment, is therefore implicitly related to both nihilism and the sublime, despite the fact that it is often characterised as either nihilistic or sublime. Whereas prior forms of nihilism are ‗modernist‘ because they seek to codify reality, postmodernism creates a new formulation of nihilism – ‗postmodern nihilism‘ – that is itself sublime. This is explored in relation to a broad survey of postmodern literature through a series of interconnected themes. These themes – apocalypse, the absurd, absence, and space – arise from the debates presented in the theoretical chapters of this thesis, and demonstrate the ways in which nihilism and the sublime interact within postmodern literature. Because of the theoretical and literary debates presented within it, this thesis concludes that it cannot be a thesis at all.
Keywords nihilism  thesis  literary
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/293017
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
But is It Liberalism?Loren E. Lomasky - 1990 - Critical Review 4 (1-2):86-105.
The Morality of Freedom.Joseph Raz - 1986 - Oxford University Press.
Raz on the Right to Autonomy.Nicole Hassoun - 2014 - European Journal of Philosophy 22 (1):96-109.
Review Article: Legal Theory, Law, and Normativity.Leonard Kahn - 2012 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (1):115-126.
The Impossibility of Political Neutrality.Noriaki Iwasa - 2010 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 10 (2):147-155.
Form and Agency in Raz’s Legal Positivism.Kristen Rundle - 2013 - Law and Philosophy 32 (6):767-791.
Engaging Reason: On the Theory of Value and Action.Joseph Raz - 1999 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
The Practice of Value.Joseph Raz (ed.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
Added to PP index
2010-08-24

Total downloads
1,971 ( #200 of 2,180,798 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
679 ( #82 of 2,180,798 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums