By Peter V. Zima
Modern/Postmodern: Society, Philosophy, Literature bargains new definitions of modernism and postmodernism by way of offering an unique theoretical approach of concept that explains the diversities among those key pursuits. Taking a contrastive method, Peter V. Zima identifies 3 key techniques within the courting among modernism and postmodernism - ambiguity, ambivalence and indifference. Zima defines modernism and postmodernism as problematics, in preference to aesthetics, stylistics or ideologies. not like modernism, that is grounded in an expanding ambivalence in the direction of social norms and values, postmodernity is gifted as an period of indifference, i.e. of interchangeable norms, values and views. Taking an historic, interdisciplinary and intercultural method that engages with Anglo-American and eu debates, the ebook describes the transition from past due modernist ambivalence to postmodern indifference within the contexts of philosophy, literature and sociology. this can be the proper consultant to the connection among modernism and postmodernism for college kids and students in the course of the humanities.
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The irrational aspect of this impulse is revealed whenever Weber presents the charismatic leader as an antidote to the inertia of bureaucracy. It is an antidote which reminds the literary reader of Musil’s ‘utopia of the other state’ and of the fact that, within the modernist problematic, rationalization and irrationalism are twin phenomena – both in sociology and in literature. Nowhere is the Weberian self-criticism of modernity as conspicuous as in the discussion about ‘Max Weber and the Project of Modernity’ which took place in 1987 between Dieter Henrich, Claus Offe and Wolfgang Schluchter.
4. This postmodern society is considered by Bauman – but also by Lyotard and Welsch – as a world of radical pluralism and multicultural polyphony. The fact that this pluralism is an aspect of postmodern indifference has been pointed out by Touraine (although he does not use the concept as such). 5. At the same time, this society is viewed (by both Giddens and Beck) as a world of extreme individualism, of anomie and estrangement, marked by the ideal of self-realization and by different forms of narcissism.
Whoever speaks in the name of science has to reckon that his opponents will invoke this very science in order to refute him or that they will submit proofs within the framework of competing scientific theories. Not only the faith in science and progress is thus shaken, but, along with it, the faith in traditional values and institutions such as the family, gender roles, the trade unions and the notion of class. Beck shows that progressive commercialization, individualization and a risk distribution that encompasses all classes not only endanger the family, but also tend to make the class in the Marxist sense obsolete.
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