'Modernism as a Philosophical Problem presents a new interpretation of the negative and critical self-understanding characteristic of much European high culture since romanticism and especially since Nietzsche, and answers the question of why the issue of modernity became a philosophical problem in European tradition.
Pippin defends an original re-narration of the development of modern philosophy, substantially different from that common in orthodox, postmodernist, and critical theory discussions, and one much more sensitive to the radicality of the most complete expression and defense of a modernist self-understanding - the classical German Idealist tradition, especially the position defended by Hegel. This interpretation is the basis for the claim that no paradigm shift, ideology critique, or new way of thinking can dispense with or overcome such modernist aspirations.' - from back cover. 

Includes a bibliography and an index.
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Introduction to the Second Edition
Part I: Introduction: The Modernity Problem
1. Sensing the End
2. German Homesickness
Part II: Modernity and Modernism
3. Modernity as a Historical Category
4. The Legitimacy Problem
5. The 'Culture of Rupture'
6. Paradoxes and Problems
Part III: Idealism and Modernity
7. The Kantian Enlightenment
8. The Limits of Transcendental Idealism
9. Hegel's Experiment
10. Hegelian Teleology
Part IV: 'Nihilism Stands at the Door': Nietzsche
11. Nietzsche's Complaint
12. Modernity as 'Twilight' Zone
13. Origins and Perspectives
14. The 'Pathos of Distance'
Part V: 'The Age of Consummate Meaninglessness': Heidegger
15. Failed Autonomy
16. Modernity as a 'Metaphysical' Problem
17. The 'Vollendung' of Metaphysics
18. The Turn, Turning Away, and Overturning
Part VI: The Death of God and Modern Melancholy
19. Nietzsche's 'Insane' Prophet
20. Mourning or Melancholy?
21. Nietzichian Health
22. Nietzichian Therapy
Part VII: Unending Modernity
23. Modern Options
24. The Dialetic of Modernity
25. Postmodernity?
26. Modernity as Dialectic
Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture
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Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture