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 LaMo or PoMo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Postmodernism is often used in a larger sense, meaning the entire trend of thought in the late 20th century, and the social and philosophical realities of that period.
Postmodern philosophers are often regarded as difficult to read, and the critical theory that has sprung up in the wake of postmodernism has often been ridiculed for its stilted syntax and attempts to combine polemical tone and a vast array of new coinages.
Since, in postmodern thought, the "text" is a series of "markings" whose meaning is imputed by the reader, and not by the author, this play is the means by which the reader constructs or interprets the text, and the means by which the author gains a presence in the reader's mind.
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 Postmodernism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
In “What is Postmodernism?,” which appears as an appendix to the English edition of The Postmodern Condition, Lyotard addresses the importance of avant-garde art in terms of the aesthetic of the sublime.
The postmodern, then, is a repetition of the modern as the “new,” and this means the ever-new demand for another repetition.
In postmodernism, hyperreality is the result of the technological mediation of experience, where what passes for reality is a network of images and signs without an external referent, such that what is represented is representation itself.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/postmodernism   (10397 words)

  
 Alt.Postmodern FAQ FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Postmodernism, on the contrary, is committed to modes of thinking and representation which emphasize fragmentations, discontinuities and incommensurable aspects of a given object, from intellectual systems to architecture.
The postmodern challenge constitutes not only a diverse body of cultural criticism, it must also be seen as a contextual discourse that has challenged specific disciplinary boundaries in such fields as literary studies, geography, educa- tion, architecture, feminism, performance art, anthropology, sociology, and many other areas.
A postmodern artist or writer is in the position of a philosopher: the text he writes, the work he produces are not in principle governed by preestablished rules, and they cannot be judged according to a determining judgment, by applying familiar categories to the text or to the work.
www.non.com /news.answers/postmodern-faq.html   (7157 words)

  
 Postmodernism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Postmodernism is an idea that has been extremely controversial and difficult to define among scholars, intellectuals, and historians, as it connotes to many the hotly debated idea that the modern historical period has passed.
Postmodernism adherents often argue that their ideals have arisen as a result of particular economic and social conditions, including what is described as "late capitalism" and the omnipresence of broadcast media, and such conditions have pushed society into a new historical period.
The criticisms of postmodernism are often complicated by the still fluid nature of the term, and in many cases the criticisms are clearly directed at poststructuralism and the philosophical and academic movements that it has spawned rather than the broader term postmodernism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Postmodern   (4611 words)

  
 Lyotard: The Postmodern Condition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This founding essay of the postmodern movement argues that knowledge—science, technology, and the arts—has undergone a change of status since the 19th century and especially since the late 1950s.
In The Postmodern Condition Jean-Francois Lyotard extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status uf science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information and knowledge are controlled in the Western world.
Lyotard emphasized language; the world of postmodern knowledge can be represented as a game of language where speaking is participation in the game whose goal is the creation of new and ever-changing social linkages.
www.upress.umn.edu /Books/L/lyotard_postmoderncon.html   (214 words)

  
 THE AMBIVALENCE OF OUR POSTMODERN CONDITION, by Dr. William Schultz
The best of the postmodern is its improvements in cultural activities, science being the most described in that book since it is the current paradigm of knowledge and seems to have the most social effect--it seems to be the most per- formative of cultural activities.
The idea of paralogy is the most difficult idea in The Postmodern Condition since it its the most abstract; at the same time it is his most important idea concerning culture; it is the basis of his theory of postmodern culture, including all the arts, sciences, and humanities.
The struggle between society and culture is not new to the postmodern condition, but its type is. If he had a kind of doomsday theory of Western culture, it would be a degenerated grand narrative not fully aware of the present situation of greater cultural knowledge (not unlike Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West).
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 THE POSTMODERN CONDITION - A Report on Knowledge - FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS Jean-Fran├žois Lyotard (1979)
In this case, legitimation is the process by which a "legislator" dealing with scientific discourse is authorised to prescribe the stated conditions (in general, conditions of internal consistency and experimental verification) determining whether a statement is to be included in that discourse for consideration by the scientific community.
Of course, the meaning of the utterance has to be understood, but that is a general condition of communication and does not aid us in distinguishing the different kinds of utterances or their specific effects.
A process or set of conditions either 'contributes' to the maintenance (or development) of the system or it is 'dysfunctional' in that it detracts from the integration, effectiveness, etc., of the,system." The "technocrats" also subscribe to this idea.
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 Musings on the Emptiness and Dreariness of Postmodern Critique - Gronbeck
He's not at all convinced that Lyotard is actually articulating a postmodern condition or stage in human development; rather, he sees in Lyotard a line of critique that represents less a new epistemology, that is, a new way of knowing and acting, than a new ethic: a new language game, in Lyotard's phrase.
What I am driving at is actually a dual hypothesis here: that talk of the postmodern condition is but the latest in a series of despairing and rebutting discourses of the last hundred and fifty years, yet that it is talk derived from and appropriate to its more particular historical contexts.
Postmodern critique, like so many of its predecessors in my lifetime, seems to many to be destructive, to be cynical in a technical sense--a discourse, as Jeffrey Goldfarb has argued, seeking to legitimate disbelief.
www.uiowa.edu /~commstud/faculty/gronbeck/musings.html   (3058 words)

  
 Continental and Postmodern Philosophy of Science: Preface
For the present authors, the postmodern condition represents not so much an established paradigmatic reversal of the modern, its difference from the plainly modern signified for example by appropriate double-coding, playfulness, pluralism, etc., as a condition of modernity as it is still in need of clarification and above all as a condition calling for recognition.
Thus the postmodern condition is understood as a project proposed for reflection (or "thought") concerning just where it is that contemporary thinkers find themselves, to use Toulmin's words, with respect to "practical philosophy, multidisciplinary sciences, and transnational or subnational institutions." As such a reflective orientation, the postmodern prospect is inherently, perhaps necessarily ambivalent.
In asking about the prospect of a postmodern philosophy of science, these essays seek to explore the extent to which a critical (philosophical) perspective not originating in the sciences but rather in the cultural spheres of art and the humanities can be meaningfully applied to the theoretical and practical sciences.
www.fordham.edu /philosophy/lc/babich/cppref.htm   (3483 words)

  
 Postmodernity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benhabib argues that postmodern critique comprises three main elements: an anti-foundationalist conception of the subject and identity, the death of History (and notions of teleology and progress), and the death of Metaphysics defined as the search for objective Truth - which can all have strong and weak variations.
Theorists such as Michel Maffesoli believe that post-modernity is corroding the circumstances that provide for its subsistence and this will eventually result in a decline of individualism and the birth of a new neo-Tribal era.
Jameson, F. Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (in Docherty, ibid).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Postmodern_condition   (3856 words)

  
 the untimely past bibliographies / postmodernism
Some relate postmodernism to neoconservatism, accusing it of rejecting social welfare in favor of individual competition, but the contributors to this volume find instead that it renews issues adumbrated in the radical sixties.
Although the notions of what constitutes postmodernism may dramatically differ in the various fields, to a certain degree these confusions and contradictions are countered by a communality feeding on more general cultural and aesthetic sensibilities.
Postmodern debates suggest that our most ingrained ideas about the nature of history, culture, meaning, and identity can no longer be taken for granted.
www.untimelypast.org /bibpm.html   (2948 words)

  
 Feinberg / INTERPRETATION AND THE POSTMODERN CONDITION
Hence the possibility of a self interpretation on the part of the oppressed which is not informed by the changing self interpretation of the oppressor is limited, although politically and psychologically it may serve some useful functions.
The soundness of the postmodern view that self is relational and should be understood as denying priority to first person interpretations — if only for the reasons that not all relations have been actualized and that selfhood always contains evolutionary and deevolutionary potential.
Whether my own thoughts on postmodernism and interpretation are or are not correct, I believe that others reading his thoughtful and reflective presentation will find other issues to ponder in his rich analysis of post modern theory.
www.ed.uiuc.edu /EPS/PES-Yearbook/93_docs/Feinberg.HTM   (2209 words)

  
 Generations in Conversation » Blog Archive » The Postmodern Condition
His book, “The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge“, considered by some to be the ‘Postmodern Bible’, was published in French in 1979.
Scientific disciplines in a postmodern era are not required to provide absolute certainties or evidence of stability.
Postmodern science verifies its work concerning undecidables, the limits of precision control, conflicts characterised by incomplete information, catastrophes, fracta, and pragmatic paradoxes.
www.generations.postkiwi.com /?p=33   (1391 words)

  
 Lyotard: The Postmodern Condition
The term Postmodernism is currently used by many academic and artistic disciplines, and represents a major intellectual movement that came into being in the United States in the 1960s and was then adopted in Europe in the 1970s.
The Postmodern Condition was a report commissioned by the Conseil des Universités of the Quebec government.
Lyotard calls this period "Postmodern" because it rejects all the metanarratives that delineated the Modern age, in fact, rejecting the very concept of metanarrative as a way of legitimating knowledge.
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 The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard
Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known as the postmodern age.' This transition has been under way since at least the end of the 1950s, which for Europe marks the completion of reconstruction.
It is widely accepted that knowledge has become the principle force of production over the last few decades, this has already had a noticeable effect on the composition of the work force of the most highly developed countries and constitutes the major bottleneck for the developing countries.
In the postindustrial and postmodern age, science will maintain and no doubt strengthen its preeminence in the arsenal of productive capacities of the nation-states.
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 Postmodern Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The course aims both to use conceptions of the postmodern to analyze the fiction texts, and to use those fictions texts to interrogate the concepts.
We will examine in particular the uneven effects of postmodernities and postmodernisms as shaped by differences in race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, and region/nation (in this regard the question of what constitutes "America" will be seen as a critical issue).
We will designate this array of socially constructed differences through the shorthand terms "multicultural" and "intercultural." The former term means to stress the semi-autonomy of various US cultures, the latter term to stress their inevitable, power-laden interdependence as sub-cultures woven into a fabric of domination and resistance.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~amerstu/573/pomointro.html   (459 words)

  
 Notes: The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
Jean-François Lyotard, in The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, describes postmodernity, which he famously describes as "an incredulity toward metanarratives" (xxiv).
(Surely The Postmodern Condition is a metanarrative.) In Lyotard's view, though postmodernism is not only a result but a cause of further change.
Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant" (79).
www.garretwilson.com /books/reviews/postmoderncondition.html   (659 words)

  
 Postmodernism FAQ
In another sense, postmodernism is an intellectual response to the postmodern condition.
A number of writers have commented on what the postmodern condition does to the individual (psychologically) and the community (sociologically), as noted in the references at the end of this file.
Another implication is that postmodernism is a theoretical or philosophical justification for encouraging people to think and imagine creatively, as discussed in my talk and now the paper on this website on creative mythmaking.
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 Blade Runner and the 'postmodern condition'
Nevertheless, it is around the issue of identity that I think the film best portrays not only the experience of postmodernity but also its intersection with postmodernism, "as the structure of feeling of late capitalism (McGuigan, 1994, p.221)".
Kellner (1995) and Harvey (1989a), for example, identify a number of postmodern/ist forces which beleaguer traditional concepts and experiences of identity: time-space compression (hyperreality); the fragmentation of the subject; the supremacy of the image (and simulacra); the death of the (teleological) metanarrative; and the atrophying of community-based or collective identity.
Hollywood-happy as it may well be, it speaks of human empathy and human values as expressible only in the individualised sphere of a (heterosexual) couple - escape from the miserable ‘conditions of postmodernity’ is "accessible only to special individuals, not to whole sections of an oppressed society (Instrell, 1992, p.169)".
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 postmodern - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
Postmodern church targets Generation X in Seattle: Skateboarders...Means When Matt Johnsons friend invited him to a "postmodern" church in Seattle 18 months ago, he wasnt sure what...United States in the last decade.
Beware of postmodern day care by Suzanne Fields...definition of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern, according to the wisdom of baseball...How did the sugar-plum visions of postmodernity of 1975 turn into the nightmare specter...
POSTMODERNISM term used to designate a multitude of trends in...debated with regard to its meaning and implications, postmodernism has also been said to relate to the culture of capitalism...it has developed since the 1960s.
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 The X-Files and the Postmodern Condition
As Lyotard says, the essence of the postmodern condition is a general incredulity with regards to meta-narratives.
As postmodern theorists never tire of telling us, truth is constructed, made up to please the aesthetics or personal needs of the individual.
The implication is that postmodern performativity requires a new race and a brutal administration to boot.
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 The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard. 1979
Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known as the postmodern age.
If we consider a declaration such as “The university is open,” pronounced by a dean or rector at convocation, it is clear that the previous specifications no longer apply.
A process or set of conditions either ‘contributes’ to the maintenance (or development) of the system or it is ‘dysfunctional’ in that it detracts from the integration, effectiveness, etc., of the ‘system.” The “technocrats” also subscribe to this idea.
www.marxists.org /reference/subject/philosophy/works/fr/lyotard.htm   (5052 words)

  
 Worship for Postmodern Times
Consequently, the major characteristic of the postmodern condition is the repudiation of any truth that claims to be absolute or truly true.
Against the postmodern rejection of meta-narrative--that is, of the possibility that there is any universal, overarching truth true for all people in all places--I believe that Christians can humbly suggest a non-oppressive, all-inclusive story of a triune God who creates, redeems, and unifies as manifestations of a perfect love for the whole world.
Against postmodernity's rejection of the past and of authority, in the church we realize that we are greatly helped in our planning by the wisdom gathered throughout the church's existence, by history's sorting of the good from the less-than-good in hymns and liturgies and interpretations.
www.elca.org /postm.html   (3021 words)

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