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Humanism (The New Critical Idiom)

 
 
 
 
Humanism (The New Critical Idiom)
Author: Tony Davies
ISBN 13: 9780415420655
ISBN 10: 415420652
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2008-03-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $26.95
 
 

Definitions of humanism have evolved throughout the centuries as the term has been adopted for a variety of purposes – literary, cultural and political – and reactions against humanism have contributed to movements such as postmodernism and anti-humanism. Tony Davies offers a clear introduction to the many uses of this influential yet complex concept and this second edition extends his discussion to include:


  • a comprehensive history of the development of the term and its influences

  • theories of post-humanism, cybernetics and artificial intelligence

  • implications of concepts of humanism and post-humanism on political and religious activism

  • discussion of the key figures in humanist debate from Erasmus and Milton to Chomsky, Heidegger and Foucault

  • a new glossary and further reading section.

With clear explanations and poignant discussions, this volume is essential reading for anyone approaching the study of humanism, post-humanism or critical theory.