What Is Postmodernism?

Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives.

- Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979)

Podcast of the Day

Did Derrida make us do it? Is our current situation the inevitable outcome of the intellectual adventuring of the twentieth century that critiqued grand narratives and challenged absolute truths? Or should we call upon the critical scepticism of post-modernism and post-structuralism with renewed vigour, to better see through the smoke and mirrors of contemporary culture? We ask what the relationship is between facts, alternative facts, and fiction, and explore the precarious status of truth in the twenty-first century.

Listen to the London School of Economics podcast episode: Is Post-Modernism to Blame for our Post-Truth World?

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Short Article of the Day

If you follow the news, you know that our universities are lately diseased with a rot, a cancer, a form of cultural genocide. Wow! Apparently it has everything to do with something called postmodernism. Reliable voices say that we are brainwashing our students in this vile doctrine, making them stooges of social justice, which I guess is now a bad thing.

I'm glad some people are so certain of the terrain beneath their feet, especially when they never spend any time on said terrain. But I'm a philosopher and I prefer that people define terms before they get so metaphorically exercised...

Continue reading Mark Kingwell's article: No, postmodernism at universities isn't a vile, cancerous doctrine

Further Reading

That postmodernism is indefinable is a truism. However, it can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, the trace, the simulacrum, and hyperreality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and the univocity of meaning.

The term “postmodernism” first entered the philosophical lexicon in 1979, with the publication of The Postmodern Condition by Jean-François Lyotard...

Continue reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Postmodernism by Gary Aylesworth

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