The following are draft chapters of my doctoral dissertation for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. I've posted them here so that I can access them easily when not at home, and in order to solicit feedback. Any and all comments are welcome, and should be directed to chris.borst@utoronto.ca, though keep in mind that much of this is still in need of revision.



CYNICISM AND MODERNITY:

Defecting from Progress


  1. An Offense of Cynicism
  2. Second draft forthcoming

    Original version in pdf

    Notes on excluded chapter "Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will" for possible inclusion (pdf)



  3. The "Cynicism of the Epicurean": The Birth of the Modern(ist) Conception of Cynicism
  4. Full-length second draft forthcoming

    An abbreviated second draft of "The Cynicism of the Epicurean" (Word), prepared for submission to the Canadian Philosophical Association

    Original version of "The Cynicism of the Epicurean" for inclusion (Word)

    Original version of "Constructing Modern Cynicism in the 1860s" for inclusion (Word)

    Notes on ancient Cynicism for inclusion (Word)



  5. Valuing Nothing: Cynicism and the Constitution of Modernity
  6. Second draft forthcoming

    Original version of "On Price and Value: The Soul of Man Under Capitalism" in pdf



  7. The Farce of Democracy: Cynicism and the Regulation of Modernity
  8. Full draft forthcoming

    Introductory paragraphs and "The Tragedy of Democracy" (Section 1) in Word

    Original version of "Reconstructing Cynicism" for inclusion (Section 2) in pdf



  9. Defecting from Progress: Cynicism at the End of Modernity
  10. Full draft forthcoming

    First draft of first three sections (Word)

    "Philosophy & Social Hopelessness: Rorty at the End of Progress" (Word), a slightly revised and abbreviated version of section 3, to be presented to the Canadian Philosophical Association, Congress 2005

    Original version of "The Democratic Possibilities of the Collapse of 'Democracy'" for possible inclusion in section 5 (Word), presented to "A Political Theory for the 21st Century, Université de Montréal, April 2003

    Revised version of "The Democratic Possibilities of the Collapse of 'Democracy'" for possible inclusion in section 5 (Word), presented to the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress 2003



    Bibliography (Word)




My CV (as at 31 March, 2005) (pdf)

Me

Other Papers (pdf)

"Being: Realism, Identity, Postmodernism"

"Parametric Strategies, Strategic Parameters: Realism, Rhetoric, Postmodernism and the Philosophy in Economics" original and abbreviated version prepared for submission to the Canadian Philosophical Association

"University Governance: Performance Indicators and Contested 'Performance'"

"Excellence Means Inequity: A Starting Point for Analysis", presented to "Excellence Through Equity", University of Toronto, March 2003

"On the Very Idea of (a) Logic: A Reading of Hegel's Encyclopedia Logic"

"The Difference: Reality as Entelekheia and as Energeia in Aristotle's De Anima"


1993 Original Version
1994 Abbreviated Version
2003 Revised Version
Appendix

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