"Anyone who wants to understand the profound changes that have overtaken the social disciplines in the course of the past decade ought to read Bernstein's book. He examines an extraordinarily wide range of theories with the most scrupulous care, in each case adding a series of extremely perceptive criticisms."--Quentin Skinner, New York Review of Books "Valuable . . . for identifying the requirements for all rational life."--Religious Studies Review Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research.