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What was post modernism before Lyotard?

What was post modernism before Lyotard? I'm leaning heavily toward the idea that modernism, in the literary arts, was kaput by world war 2. I believe that's Miller's thesis here (about to read): I ...
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What does metamodernism say about Eric Gans' ideas on “victimary thinking”?

Do Vermeulen and van den Akker's ideas on so called "metamodernism" have anything to say on Eric Gans' ideas of "victimary thinking"? From wikipedia The prefix 'meta' here refers not to some ...
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Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses?

Who has linked the analysis of modernism or post modernism to Lacan's four discourses? I mean obviously there's some kinda link between the master's discourse and at least some forms of modernism. I'...
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Who should I read to broadly understand contemporary philosophical discourse?

I'm taking ancient philosophy at a public university. I've engaged with the Western canon from the pre-socratics through Aristotle, a number of the medievals and a smattering of modern philosophers ...
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How to delve into Structuralism?

Any recommendations for someone who is interested in reading Structuralist writings and perhaps where to begin?
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Circular arguments in Philosophy post Wittgenstein

I am aware that this may seem rather naïve, but I feel I must ask it anyway: Are Heidegger's meditations on "Being" in "Zeit und Sein", and Derrida's deconstructions of Lacan's Freudian reflections on ...
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What does Baudrillard mean by “The end of the Social”?

In Simulacra and Simulation (as well, I am told, as in many other works), Baudrillard speaks with the typical obscurity of a French-English translation of the end of society and the "End of the ...
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What do post modernists make of modern art and modernity?

What do post modernists make of modernism and modernity: how it has failed and succeeded? I can only take the term "post modern" at face value, as meaning after modern. The modern itself I can't ...
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Modernists versus postmodernists?

Do modernists and postmodernist tend to hold the same views, or are these two disciplines simply unrelated?
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Did Francois Lyotard coin the word postmodernism?

Is Francois Lyotard the founder of postmodernism and the person who coined this term? Wikipedia writes: Lyotard later admitted that he had a 'less than limited' knowledge of the science he was to ...
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What exactly does Spivak mean by strategic essentialism?

I'm trying to understand better how to delineate essentialism from strategic essentialism. To me it would seem strategic essentialism is a political or social act of forming a coalition based aroun a ...
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The Death of Language - what does it mean?

I see this concept or idea mentioned in few essays. Afaiu - the end of language - the limit of language - death of meaning - .... But what does it mean - abstractly and/or practically?
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Do postmodernists believe in such a thing as fundamental truth?

It's my understanding that postmodern philosophy examines the way in which power and language are used to create discourses around the "truth". What's less clear to me is whether postmodernists ...
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Is postmodernism pessimistic or optimistic?

The way I understand it: Modernism has been associated with optimism, with belief in possibility of progress and improvement, using logic and rationality, for instance. It notices fragmentation but ...
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Is this criticism of Luce Irigaray's statements on physics accurate?

Wikipedia has this to say about Luce Irigaray Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, in their book critiquing postmodern thought (Fashionable Nonsense, 1997), criticize Luce Irigaray on several grounds. In ...
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Are there any books about postmodernism being like sophism?

I still find myself relatively often surprised by how much of the spectrum of philosophic thought was already covered at the times of ancient Greece or ancient China (think Axial Age or think ...
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Why are French postmodern philosophers (like Baudrillard) so hard to read/understand?

I've read my fair share of philosophers. Now I won't say that proper philosophical texts are ever easy to understand, but it seems that French postmodern philosophers like Baudrillard are extremely ...
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Is Machiavelli's “The Prince” an immoral book?

Machiavelli's The Prince advocates immoral actions. Does it? The book's major premise is "...all political thinking is guided by a single fact: humanity is lost, bad and ever ready to display their ...
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How do social sciences today tend to see the contributions of biology and other natural sciences? [closed]

The old debate "nature" vs. "nurture" has given space to a new debate between "natural sciences" vs. "postmodernism" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_wars, http://www.quackwatch.com/...
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What happend to the embracing of a particular schools of philosophy in Universities?

When one always reads the history of philosophy, you really see how different Universities always had a tendency towards a particular school. So my question is, why do you think this sort of past ...
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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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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 non-...
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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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How can Schelling’s philosophy as a whole be characterized?

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, Bergson,...
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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 a book or a theorist to be “post-modernist” as opposed to “modernist”?

I'd like a succinct comparison of the two "-isms", though I know this is a tall order.
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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 on ...