In all our calculated celebrations and performances, in our acceptance of relativism, in our adulation of the unaffiliated individual, a hard-to-define tone sets off an alarm in our heads. Is this really what the future will be like? Do we have to resign ourselves to the death of holistic thinking, to the volatile rule of “democracy of opinion”, to the pressures of the all-embracing market or of techno-science, to a final fading away of utopianism and hope for a better future?
Here, in a book of contemporary philosophy, a prominent French thinker questions today's culture. Behind the facades, he senses new kinds of domination, an inequality that is creeping back, and a breakdown of an entire conception of humanity But, he observes, this time we are defenseless against such perils. We have no idea how to confront them. We find it difficult even to analyze them. The ground is crumbling beneath our feet. Seldom, it seems, have we had a more pressing need to find solid ground.
A new foundation, in other words.