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Publications [#305723] of Michael A. Gillespie

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  1. Gillespie, MA, Nietzsche and the premodernist critique of postmodernity, Critical Review, vol. 11 no. 4 (December, 1997), pp. 537-554, Informa UK Limited [Gateway.cgi], [doi].
    (last updated on 2019/06/17)

    Abstract:
    The crisis of modern reason culminates in Nietzsche's proclamation of nihilism. Drawing upon Nietzsche, postmodernists suggest that reason itself is defective, while "premodernists" argue we can regain our balance by returning to premodern rationalism. Peter Berkowitz suggests, however, that Nietzsche is a contradictory thinker who fails in his attempt to combine ancient rationalism with modern voluntarism. Postmodernism thus rests upon a defective foundation. Berkowitz's critique of postmodernism is telling, but he does not recognize dangerous millenarian elements in Nietzsche's thought. Moreover, the concept of ancient reason he holds up as an alternative is underdeveloped and undifferentiated. © 1998 Critical Review Foundation.


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