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LEARNING TO FORGET: The Anti-Memoirs of Modernity

Dipankar Gupta


This book introduces some of the enduring features of modernity which are often overlaid and hidden from view because of contemporaneous diachronies, or the coexistence of different temporal rhythms. The difference between ethical anonymity and morality is discussed. It illustrates how taste can attain the character of intersubjectivity by moving away decisively from past orientations to style. In addition, it describes the possible transformation of nation-states to knowledge-states. Then, several ways by which the intersubjective rationality conveys itself in modern societies and why it is e ... More

Keywords: modernity, ethical anonymity, morality, intersubjectivity, nation-states, knowledge-states, minimum set of resemblances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195674330
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dipankar Gupta, author
Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India