Posted in Postmodernism

Crossing the Postmodern Divide by Albert Borgmann

By Albert Borgmann

During this eloquent consultant to the meanings of the postmodern period, Albert Borgmann charts the choices sooner than us as we search choices to the joyless and synthetic tradition of intake. Borgmann connects the elemental principles using his figuring out of society's ills to each sphere of latest social existence, and is going past the language of postmodern discourse to supply a powerfully articulated imaginative and prescient of what this new period, at its top, has in shop.

Show description

Read or Download Crossing the Postmodern Divide PDF

Similar postmodernism books

Globalization and Postmodern Politics

The publication starts off with an outline of globalization, exhibiting how wealth and tool are centred within the palms of a transnational elite whereas ever expanding numbers of individuals are being marginalised. associations resembling the area exchange business enterprise and the foreign financial Fund are cause upon exercise a brand new hegemony over members because the position of the normal country nation is reworked.

Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture

Charles Dickens in our on-line world opens a window on a startling set of literary and medical hyperlinks among modern American tradition and the nineteenth-century background it frequently repudiates. Surveying quite a lot of novelists, scientists, filmmakers, and theorists from the prior centuries, Jay Clayton strains the hid circuits that attach the telegraph with the web, Charles Babbage's distinction Engine with the electronic machine, Frankenstein's monster with cyborgs and clones, and Dickens' existence and fiction with all demeanour of up to date renowned culture--from comedian books and advertisements to contemporary novels and movies.

Lyotard and the Inhuman (Postmodern Encounters)

For Jean-Francois Lyotard, the cyborg is an emblem of worry, Mankind already inhabits an international which perspectives computer implantation in people as basic and precious. It implies a destiny, Lyotard warns, which could dangerously negate the price of humanity itself.

The Construction of Professional Discourse (Language in Social Life Series)

This can be an amalgam of analysis from sociolinguistics, ethnography, anthropology and sociology, giving a cohesive research discourse. Drawing upon real-life examples, the textual content covers problems with the development of language and written and spoken discourse, and provides old, social and linguistic views.

Extra info for Crossing the Postmodern Divide

Sample text

We have deeply internalized the enlightened vision of reality. What Jefferson called the superstructures of the physical and MODERNISM 25 moral sciences have been realized in the institutions of science and democracy. In the Western world, democracy and the commitment to equality are now so much a part of everyone's mental constitution that it would be comical to suspect anyone of being a closet monarchist. It would be rare to find a frank attempt at securing feudal distinctions through legislation.

62 The historical aptness and massive appearance of the corporation has made it seem as though the corporate structure has been the outcome of an iron and rational necessity, as though the modern project was realizable in this form exclusively. is a modern conceit. 63 At any rate, as we near the postmodern divide, the corporate structure is weakening and receding. What once was a framework for individual identity is now itself suffering an identity crisis. 64 A M BIG U 0 U S When divinity and monarchy were questioned as the grounds of the common order at the transition to the modern era, Locke advanced the sovereignty of the individual as the fundament of auI N D I V I D U A LIS M MOD ERN ISM 37 thority.

S Such activities as listening to music and reading, which are intrinsically as private as television watching, account for most of the remaining passive leisure. 86 Only our two hours of conversation per week constitute passive and communalleisure. 87 In leisure, individualism seems to be close to the extreme privacy Tocqueville foresaw more than a century and a half ago. Here individualism throws one "back forever upon himself alone and threatens in the end to confine him entirely within the solitude of his own heart.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 34 votes