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Bernstein, Richard J.

Works: 89 works in 520 publications in 11 languages and 14,117 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Author of introduction, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard J Bernstein
Beyond objectivism and relativism : science, hermeneutics, and praxis by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

72 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing freely and expertly from Continental and analytic traditions, Richard Bernstein examines a number of debates and controversies exemplified in the works of Gadamer, Habermas, Rorty, and Arendt. He argues that a "new conversation" is emerging about human rationality—a new understanding that emphasizes its practical character and has important ramifications both for thought and action
Praxis and action : contemporary philosophies of human activity by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

40 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Introduction:This inquiry is concerned with the themes of praxis and action in four philosophic movements: Marxism, existentialism, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy. It is rare that these four movements are considered in a single inquiry, for there are profound differences of emphasis, focus, terminology, and approach represented by these styles of thought. Many philosophers believe that similarities among these movements are superficial and that a close examination of them will reveal only hopelessly unbridgeable cleavages. While respecting the genuine fundamental differences of these movements, this inquiry is undertaken in the spirit of showing that there are important common themes and motifs in what first appears to be a chaotic babble of voices. I intend to show that the concern with man as an agent has been a primary focal point of each of these movements and further that each contributes something permanent and important to our understanding of the nature and context of human activity
Hannah Arendt and the Jewish question by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannah Arendt is increasingly recognised as one of the most original social and political thinkers of the twentieth century. In this important book, Richard Bernstein sets out to show that many of the most significant themes in Arendt's thinking have their origins in their confrontation with the Jewish Question. By approaching her mature work from this perspective, we can gain a richer and more subtle grasp of her main ideas. Bernstein discusses some of the key experiences and events in Arendt's life story in order to show how they shaped her thinking. He examines her distinction between th
John Dewey by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

23 editions published between 1966 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical profiles : essays in a pragmatic mode by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the conflicting opinions regarding ""postanalytic"" philosophy
Perspectives on Peirce; critical essays on Charles Sanders Peirce by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

27 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engaging Agnes Heller : a critical companion by Katie Terezakis( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection examines the life and thought of Agnes Heller, who rose to international acclaim as a Marxist dissident in Eastern Europe. Heller went on to develop one of the most comprehensive oeuvres in contemporary philosophy, putting forward a distinctive ethical theory and developing insightful analyses of a vast range of topics. Here, philosophers, sociologists, journalists and political scientists assess different elements of Heller's work, highlight relevant shifts within that work, and address its intrinsic consistency
Radical evil : a philosophical interrogation by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At present, there is an enormous gulf between the visibility of evil and the paucity of our intellectual resources for coming to grips with it. We have been flooded with images of death camps, terrorist attacks and horrendous human suffering. Yet when we ask what we mean by radical evil and how we are to account for it, we seem to be at a loss for proper responses."
Philosophical profiles in the theory of communication by Jason Hannan( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers a range of philosophical perspectives on communication, including those from analytic philosophy, pragmatism, critical theory, psychoanalysis, systems theory, and more. This book draws attention to the theme of communication in twentieth-century academic philosophy. It is suitable for courses in philosophy and communication studies
The pragmatic turn by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard J. Bernstein argues that many of the important themes in philosophy during the past 150 years are variations and developments of ideas that were prominent in the classical American pragmatists: Charles S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George H. Mead." "The pragmatic thinkers reject a sharp dichotomy between subject and object, mind-body dualism, the quest for certainty, and the spectator theory of knowledge. They seek to bring about a sea change in philosophy that highlights the social character of human experience and normative social practices, the self-correcting nature of all inquiry, and the continuity of theory and practice. And they - especially James, Dewey, and Mead - emphasize the democratic ethical-political consequences of a pragmatic orientation." "Many of the themes developed by the pragmatic thinkers were central to the work of major twentieth-century philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Heidegger, but the so-called analytic/Continental split obscures this underlying continuity. Bernstein develops an alternative reading of contemporary philosophy that brings out the persistence and continuity of pragmatic themes. He explains why the discussion of pragmatism is alive, varied, and widespread."--Jacket
The abuse of evil : the corruption of politics and religion since 9/11 by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 9/11 politicians, preachers, conservatives and the media are all speaking about evil. In the past the discourse about evil in our religious, philosophic and literary traditions has provoked thinking, questioning and inquiry. But today the appeal to evil is being used as a political tool to obscure complex issues, block serious thinking and stifle public discussion and debate. We are now confronting a clash of mentalities, not a clash of civilizations. One mentality is drawn to absolutes, moral certainties, and simplistic dichotomies of good and evil. The other seriously questions an appeal to absolutes in politics and criticizes the simplistic division of the world into the forces of evil and the forces of good. In The Abuse of Evil Bernstein challenges the claim that without an appeal to absolutes, we lack the grounds for acting decisively in fighting our enemies. The post 9/11 abuse of evil corrupts both democratic politics and religion. The stakes are high in this clash of mentalities in shaping how we think and act in the world today - and in the future. -- Publisher description
Freud and the legacy of Moses by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A detailed examination of Freud's last, and most difficult book, Moses and Monotheism
Violence : thinking without banisters by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

15 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in a time when we are overwhelmed with talk and images of violence. Whether on television, the internet, films or the video screen, we canʹt escape representations of actual or fictional violence - another murder, another killing spree in a high school or movie theatre, another action movie filled with images of violence. Our age could well be called "The Age of Violence" because representations of real or imagined violence, sometimes fused together, are pervasive. But what do we mean by violence? What can violence achieve? Are there limits to violence and, if so, what are they? In this new book Richard Bernstein seeks to answer these questions by examining the work of five figures who have thought deeply about violence - Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, and Jan Assmann. He shows that we have much to learn from their work about the meaning of violence in our times. Through the critical examination of their writings he also brings out the limits of violence. There are compelling reasons to commit ourselves to non-violence, and yet at the same time we have to acknowledge that there are exceptional circumstances in which violence can be justified. Bernstein argues that there can be no general criteria for determining when violence is justified. The only plausible way of dealing with this issue is to cultivate publics in which there is free and open discussion and in which individuals are committed to listen to one other: when public debate withers, there is nothing to prevent the triumph of murderous violence. -- Publisher description
Pragmatism, critique, judgment : essays for Richard J. Bernstein( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Countering traditional theories of the time, Richard J. Bernstein offered a model of philosophy in a democratic society as the work of the engaged public intellectual. The essays in this text pay tribute to Bernstein, reflecting the themes that have defined his career
The restructuring of social and political theory by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rorty reader by Richard Rorty( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and Polish and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With selections from The Linguistic Turn (1967), Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), Achieving Our Country (1998), and his four volumes of philosophical papers, including Philosophy as Cultural Politics (2007), as well as in-depth interviews and revealing autobiographical pieces, The Rorty Reader offers a compelling and representative view of Rorty's relationship with American pragmatism and the overall intellectual trajectory of his philosophical and political thought."--Pub. desc
Ironic life by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

13 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just as philosophy begins with doubt, so also a life that may be called human begins with irony" so wrote Kierkegaard. While we commonly think of irony as a figure of speech where someone says one thing and means the opposite, the concept of irony has long played a more fundamental role in the tradition of philosophy, a role that goes back to Socrates the originator and exemplar of the urbane ironic life. But what precisely is Socratic irony and what relevance, if any, does it have for us today' Bernstein begins his inquiry with a critical examination of the work of two contemporary philosophers for whom irony is vital: Jonathan Lear and Richard Rorty. Despite their sharp differences, Bernstein argues that they complement one other, each exploring different aspects of ironic life. In the background of Lear's and Rorty's accounts stand the two great ironists: Socrates and Kierkegaard. Focusing on the competing interpretations of Socratic irony by Gregory Vlastos and Alexander Nehamas, Bernstein shows how they further develop our understanding of irony as a form of life and as an art of living. Bernstein also develops a distinctive interpretation of Kierkegaard's famous claim that a life that may be called human begins with irony. Bernstein weaves together the insights of these thinkers to show how each contributes to a richer understanding of ironic life. He also argues that the emphasis on irony helps to restore the balance between two different philosophical traditions philosophy as a theoretical discipline concerned with getting things right and philosophy as a practical discipline that shapes how we ought to live our lives
Pragmatic encounters by Richard J Bernstein( )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why read Hannah Arendt now by Richard J Bernstein( Book )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently there has been an extraordinary international revival of interest in Hannah Arendt. She was extremely perceptive about the dark tendencies in contemporary life that continue to plague us. She developed a concept of politics and public freedom that serves as a critical standard for judging what is wrong with politics today. 0 Richard J. Bernstein argues that Arendt should be read today because her penetrating insights help us to think about both the darkness of our times and the sources of illumination. He explores her thinking about statelessness and refugees; the right to have rights; her critique of Zionism; the meaning of the banality of evil; the complex relations between truth, lying, power, and violence; the tradition of the revolutionary spirit; and the urgent need for each of us to assume responsibility for our political lives. 0 This short and very readable book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand the forces that are shaping our world today
Auf der Suche nach der gerechten Gesellschaft( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Beyond objectivism and relativism : science, hermeneutics, and praxis
Praxis and action : contemporary philosophies of human activityHannah Arendt and the Jewish questionRadical evil : a philosophical interrogationThe pragmatic turnThe abuse of evil : the corruption of politics and religion since 9/11Freud and the legacy of MosesPragmatism, critique, judgment : essays for Richard J. BernsteinThe restructuring of social and political theoryThe Rorty reader
Alternative Names
Bernstein, Dick 1932-

Bernstein, Richard

Bernstein, Richard 1932-

Bernstein, Richard J. 1932-

Bernstein, Richard J. (Richard Jacob)

Bernstein, Richard J. (Richard Jacob), 1932-

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Bernstein, Richard Jacob 1932-

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Richard J. Bernstein filósofo estadounidense

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バーンシュタイン, R. J

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