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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

What it Means to be Postmodern?

What it means to be postmodern is dependent on our notion of what it means to be modern and premodern. If you believe that modern philosophy is better than premodern philosophy (medieval as well as ancient), then you will loathe the idea of postmodernism. But if you recognize the political and moral problems that have been caused by the modernist doctrine then you may empathize with the postmodernist rebellion against modern philosophy.

Literally, postmodern means “after the modern” and that is the sense in which philosophers use it. Postmodern philosophy does not necessarily entail the nihilism of Derrida or the skepticism of Rorty. Nietzsche is often seen as the first postmodern philosopher. Martin Heidegger, Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, Alasdair MacIntyre, Deirdre McCloskey, and several others who look at ancient philosophy for discovering solutions to modern problems are also postmodern.

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