ABSTRACT

The Genesis of Modernity reconstructs the ideas of three of the most important social and political theorists of the Twentieth Century, Max Weber, Michel Foucault and Eric Voegelin, on the distant roots and sources of modernity.
Drawing upon the conceptual tools of social theory and political philosophy, complimented by approaches based in the fields of anthropology, comparative mythology and the history of ancient philosophy this book will prove to be a timely and valuable contribution to this developing area, bringing together the ideas of a group of social and political theorists whose work so far has remained largely unconnected.
This book will be essential reading for academics and advanced students concerned with social theory, political theory, sociology, history and philosophy.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction

part |1 pages

PART I Max Weber: charisma and the world of the city

chapter 1|21 pages

Weber’s historical method

chapter 2|19 pages

Ethical prophecy

chapter 3|8 pages

The city

part |1 pages

PART II Eric Voegelin: metaxy and the order of the soul

chapter 4|20 pages

Voegelin’s historical method

chapter 5|25 pages

Israel and Revelation

chapter 6|35 pages

Plato and the order of the soul

part |1 pages

PART III Michel Foucault: parrhesia and the care of the self

chapter 7|29 pages

Foucault’s historical method

chapter 9|19 pages

Hellenistic–Roman parrhesia

chapter 10|12 pages

Christian parrhesia