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By Terry Eagleton

As heralded far and wide from NPR to the pages of the New York instances Magazine, a brand new period is underway in our schools and universities: after a long tenure, the dominance of postmodern concept has come to an finish. during this well timed and topical booklet, the mythical Terry Eagleton ("one of [our] best-known public intellectuals."-Boston Globe) lines the increase and fall of those rules from the Nineteen Sixties during the Nineteen Nineties, candidly assessing the ensuing earnings and losses. what is wanted now, After Theory argues, is a go back to the large questions and grand narratives. ultra-modern international politics call for we be aware of various themes that experience long past overlooked by means of the academy and public alike, from fundamentalism to objectivity, faith to ethics. clean, provocative, and regularly attractive, Eagleton's most recent salvo will problem every person seeking to greater snatch the kingdom of the world.

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