This book deals with modern social thinkers who have articulated their deeper thought about society as a whole or any aspect thereof. They have worked within the modern social perspective of new historical as well as intellectual developments, which began to surface with the European Renaissance of the 14-16th centuries. Some of the thinkers chose to legitimize modernity. Others live within modernity but critique modernity's specific aspects from their own points of view - they are still modern social thinkers in the sense that their thoughts and premises emerged within the larger contours of the modern world. Twenty researchers from India and abroad have contributed their unpublished, original and referenced articles on thinkers like Karl Marx, Karl Popper, Jacques Derrida,Giorgio Agamben, Emmanuel Levinas, Georges Bataille, Bertolt Brecht, Sudipta Kaviraj, C.Wright Mills, Bade Onimode, Fatima Mernissi, Jayaprakash Narayan, and Ernesto De Marti, among others. The book will cater to the needs of the advanced post-graduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D students as well as teachers.
Pradip Basu is a part of the faculty in the Department of Political Science at Scottish Church College, Kolkata, India. He has authored and edited multiple books including Colonial Modernity, Avenel Companion to Modern Social Theorists, and Red on Silver: Naxalites in Cinema etc.