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Is post-modernity liminal?

Liminality (from the Latin Limen, meaning threshold) is a technical term deployed in Anthropology describing the ambiguity and disorientation which occurs in rites of passage from an 'earlier' life to ...
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What are the implications of Baudrillard's ideas to epistemology?

I would simply like to know what you guys think... what points does his social theory, including his concept of hyperreality, intersect with theory of knowledge?
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Saussure and structuralism

I'm talking about structuralism in an anthropological and philosophical context, that is, the notion that human behaviour and perception are determined by structures (linguistic, cultural...) that are ...
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How does post-humanism deal with Kants Copernican turn?

Presumably as a term it decentres the human subject as inherited from Renaissance humanism; this continuing the Copernican revolution of decentring the human habitus. This suggests it bypasses Kants ...
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In postmodernism, is reason and logic an “absolute truth” to be jettisoned? [closed]

I'm interested in but not educated in philosophy. I was having a discussion with an acquaintance who considers himself a postmodernist philosopher. In our discussion, it became clear that, in his ...
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Why is Las Meninas is the representation of classical representation?

In the first chapter of The Order of Things "Las Meninas" Focault wrote Perhaps there exists, in this painting by Velazquez, the representation as it were, of Classical representation, and the ...
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Mass surveillance and the concealed subject of power

In Spivaks essay, can the Subaltern speak, she states that: [the] contemporary invocations of the libidinal economy and desire as the determining interest, combined with practical politics of the ...
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Is postmodernism pro or against abrahamic religion? [closed]

Sorry for the long text, but I need to explain my thoughts well. When it is said that postmodernism gives equal space to all forms of thought, many people think it means they are giving space to ...
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Irony in Friedrich Nietzsche?

Wikipedia defines verbal irony as a statement in which the meaning that a speaker employs is sharply different from the meaning that is ostensibly expressed. The ironic statement usually ...
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Why is explaining your work, or guiding your audience such a faux pas to Umberto Eco (postmodern philosopher)?

I've just finished reading "The name of the rose" by Umberto Eco, a postmodern philosopher. At the end of the book he explains that according to him, titles should not be clear. Which is why he chose ...
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How do modern philosophers oppose relativism?

If my understanding is correct, Plato's theory of forms was developed to counter the relativism of Sophists such as Protagoras. His theory does not seem to have modern followers, as far as I know, yet ...
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Philosophy of Hauntedness: What is the matrix of Schelling's freedom philosophy?

F. W. J. Schelling’s thought is undergoing an exciting renaissance and reawakening today, which has caused a reconsideration of German Idealism and his influence on the thought of Marx, Freud, ...
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Is there a modernist philosophy?

Let's assume, that it is possible to label some philosophical currents as "postmodernist" and that they have some principles in common. What is modernism then? I'm asking this because Cody Gray's ...
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Narrative, what is it?

Most dictionaries define a narrative as telling about consecutive events. However i frequently see in philosophical works and discussions, especially postmodernist ones, the use of this word in such ...
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What is a hybrid in Bruno Latour's theory?

I'm reading Latour's book We have never been modern, but I can't imagine a single example of a hybrid thing. Can you name one?
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What is a good introduction to structuralism and related fields?

I'm having a hard time to find good learning material for the structuralist school of thought. I try to understand what it is "all" about and how it relates to other schools of thought and scientific ...
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What does it mean for something to be “post-modernist” as opposed to “modernist”?

While I've always had a general idea about what it means for a book or a theorist to be "post-modern" or "modern", I'd be really interested to hear a succinct comparison of the two "-isms." I know its ...
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What is postmodernism? [closed]

Postmodernism has always seemed to have a very fuzzy definition to me. It tends to be defined in terms of what it's not, or what it criticizes; for example, it "aims to show that every 'text' is ...
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What is the practical usefulness of post-modernist sociology à la Foucault, e.g. of the insight that “insanity is merely a label applied by society”?

Foucault says what constitutes insanity is a label determined by society. Whether someone is sane or insane is not a clear, objective fact. I do not disagree. He says this labelling can be dangerous. ...
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Is Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem a “cheap trick”?

I found a throw-away critique of Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem in an essay about Deconstruction: The basic enterprise of contemporary literary criticism is actually quite simple. It is based ...