Do modernists and postmodernist tend to hold the same views, or are these two disciplines simply unrelated?

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    Postmodernism has been identified by Lyotard and includes philophers like Deleuze, Derrida, Vattimo. They "react" to previous philosophers (they call them modernist) and take nspiration from Nietzsche, etc. But there is no previous "movement" that call itself modernism. May 31, 2016 at 19:55
  • Good answer. But the confusion arises from the fact that I know someone who has studied modernism as part of a PhD in English literature but was unable to grasp what the subject was about, and having searched Wikipedia and still failed to understand I thought this site would be the best place to ask for clarification. Perhaps someone can help me. Thanks. May 31, 2016 at 20:41
  • Interesting that postmodernism is based on the notion that arts are separate from the sciences, which they are not. Science and logical thought can take over everything and it is impossible to reason decently without such tools. May 31, 2016 at 20:47
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    Possible duplicate of What does it mean for something to be "post-modernist" as opposed to "modernist"?
    – user8572
    Dec 19, 2017 at 7:05
  • See table comparisons (not necessarily within philosophy, but general flavour) e.g. here, here in Russian.
    – ttnphns
    Dec 19, 2017 at 17:58

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Postmodernism is a response to modernism with less optimism about human progress. Both modernism and postmodernism hold that the previous philosophies are obsolete, and they rebel against classical culture through abstract and postmodern art. The difference is that modernism is optimistic about humans' ability to achieve progress while postmodernists hold all value as relative and do not necessarily believe in progress.

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