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Kosik - The Crisis of Modernity - Essays From 1968

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States
and
Societies in East Central Europe
Contributions to Modem Political Thought
Liberty and Socialism: Writings
of
Libertarian Socialists
in
Hungary,
1884-1919
edited by Janos M. Bak
Homage
to Danubia
by Oscar Jllszi; edited by Gyorgy Litvan
The Crisis
of
Modernity: Karel Kosik's Essays and Observations fromthe
1968
Era
by Karel Kosik; edited by James H. Satterwhite
THE CRISIS OF MODERNITY
ESSAYS AND OBSERVATIONS FROM
THE
1968 ERA
KAREL
KosiK
EDITED
BY
JAMES H SATTERWHITEROWMAN
&
LITTLEFIELD PUBLISHERS, INC.
 
ROWMAN
&
LITTIEFlELD
PUBLISHERS,INC.
Published
in
the United State, of
Americaby
Romnan
&
Littlefield Publishers,
Inc.
4720 Boston
Way,Lanham,
Maryland
20706
3 Henrietta
StreetLondon
WC2E
8LU,
England
Copyright
©
1995 by Rowman
&
Littlefield Publishers,
Inc.
All
rights reserved.
No
part
of this publication
may
be
reproduced,
stored
in
a
retrieval
system,.
or
transmitted
in
any
fonn
or
by
any
means,electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording,
or
othenvise,
without
the prior
pennission
of
the publisher.
British Cataloging in Publication
Information
Available
library of Congress Cataloging.in-Publication Data
Kosik, Karel
Thecrisis
of
modernity:essays
and
observations
from
the
the
1968
era
I
Karel
Kosik:
.
edited
by
JamesH.
Satterwhite.
'
p. em.
-(States
and
Societies
in
East Central Europe)
Includes bibliographical
references
and
index.
1.
Czechoslovakia-Politics
and
govemment-1945-1992.
21
Czechoslovakia-Intellectoallife--2Oth
century.
1.
Satterwhite,
James
H.
ll.
Title.
ill.
SeriesDB2218.7.K67
1994
320.9437--<1c20
92-33939 ClP
ISBN 0-&476-7681-1 (cloth:
alk.
paper)Printed in
the
United
States
of
America
9'""
The
paper used
in
this
publication
meets the minimum requirements
of
American National
Standard
for
Infonnation
Sciences-Pennanence of
Paper
for
Printed
Library
Materials,
ANSI
Z39.48-1964.
STATES
AND
SOCIETIES
IN
EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE
CONTRIBUTIONS
TO
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
This
publication series, prepared under
the
auspices
of
the William
O.
Douglas Institute, consists
of
critically annotated texts translated from
the
major languages
of
East-Central Europe. These texts are all significantmodern works
in
political and social thought, chosen to illuminate the charac-ter
of
the societies
of
the region, the processes
of
change
in
those countries,their distinctive intellectual concerns) and
the
relationship
of
such concerns
with
the
intellectual currents
of
the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries
in
the
rest
of
Europe and elsewhere.
The
aim
of
the series
is)
by making these works accessible
to
English-speaking students, scholars,
and
the interested public, to render the recent
and
contemporQlY history
of
East-Central Europe more readily understandable.
Each
volume will include, besides the translated" work
or
collection
oj
essays,
an
interpretive introductory essay, and critical textual annotation.
The
series has been inaugurated with partial support from
the
NationalEndowment
jor
the Humanities.
Editors:
Jimos M. Bak (University
of
British Columbia)Lyman H. Legters (University
of
Washington, W. O. Douglas Institute)
Editorial advisory board:
Iring Fetscher (University
of
Frankfurt)Leszek Kolakowski (All Souls College, Oxford)Sidney Monas (University
of
Texas)Svetozar Stojanovic (University
of
Belgrade, Kansas University)Roman Szporiuk (Harvard University)Ivan Varga (Queen's University. Kingston)
 
CONTENTS
Preface to
the
American Edition
....................................................
ix
Acknowledgements
....................................................................
xi
Editor's
Introduction
.......
'
..........................................................
1
Chapter 1 Reason and Conscience
..............................................
13
Chapter 2 Our Current Crisis
...................................................
17Chapter 3 Socialism and the Crisis of Modem Man
.........................
53
Chapter 4 The Dialectics
of
Morality and the Morality
of
Dialectics
....
63
Chapter 5 HaSek and Kafka, or, the World
of
the Grotesque
..............
77
Chapter 6 Svejk and Bugulma, or, The Birth
of
Great Humor
............
87
Chapter 7 The Irreplaceable Nature of Modern Culture
..................
101
Chapter 8 Culture Against Nihilism
.........................................
103
Chapter 9 Three Observations
on
Machiavelli
.............................
105
Chapter 10 Illusions and Realism
..............................................
109Chapter
11
The Weight
of
Words
..............................................
113
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