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Markthetripper
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Postmodernism

Does anyone have a good book suggestion concerning Post-modernism? I would really like to understand modernity and post-modernity on a deeper level. So I am looking for books that you have read that really help to see where these ideas come from and what they mean. I am interested in the philosophical side of it, but also would like to read somthing that encompasses the visual arts and other aesthetics.

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Re: Postmodernism


Markthetripper wrote:

Does anyone have a good book suggestion concerning Post-modernism? I would really like to understand modernity and post-modernity on a deeper level. So I am looking for books that you have read that really help to see where these ideas come from and what they mean. I am interested in the philosophical side of it, but also would like to read somthing that encompasses the visual arts and other aesthetics.


 

This seemed to me to be a tricky subject: Postmodernism is often described as undefinable and post-modernists refrain from defining anything. Sarah Palin is often described as a post-modernist politician....have you read any of her books?

 

Definition in Nature there be....however.:smileymad:

 

Chad

 

 

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George_Tan
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Re: Postmodernism

Try this book Soul Tsunami

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chad
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Re: Postmodernism


George_Tan wrote:

Try this book Soul Tsunami


I'll also have to take a look- Post-modernism and modernism are difficult  to define. The soul, or the spirit, is something that science has difficulty in defining. Science is usually atagonistic to the belief in the soul- that is, the soul is simply omitted from scientific explanations or has already proven somehow that the soul does not exist. 

 

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Re: Postmodernism


Markthetripper wrote:

Does anyone have a good book suggestion concerning Post-modernism? I would really like to understand modernity and post-modernity on a deeper level. So I am looking for books that you have read that really help to see where these ideas come from and what they mean. I am interested in the philosophical side of it, but also would like to read somthing that encompasses the visual arts and other aesthetics.


Mark -- consider taking or auditing a course, perhaps philosophy or literature, on post-modernism.  I did -- can't say that I totally understand, but was very interesting.  For a sense of post-modern literature, try

Top Girls  by Caryl Churchill

 

Maps  by Nuruddin Farah

 

Postmodern American Fiction  by Paula Geyh, Fred G. Leebron, Andrew Levy (editors)

 

Poems for the Millennium  by Jerome Rothenberg, Pierre Joris (Editors)

 

Although I have at least one text on Postmodernism on my shelf, I would not particularly recommend it for an overview.  If you want to stay on the self-exploration route, I would suggest visiting your local library and pulling several books on the subject that look as if they might appeal, scan their TOCs and a bit about the authors, as well as the text if you have the time, then check out and spend time with a couple of them.  Good luck.  Would love to hear back on what you find useful.

 

(We visited the Museum of Modern Art and had a curator lecture as a part of our course, as well as several academic papers to study.  We also watched a couple of movies.)

"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here." -- Leo Tolstoy
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Re: Postmodernism

A very accessible discussion of modernism and post modernism in a context that not all will find useful but that I did is to be found in

Transforming Christian Theology  

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Postmodernism

I found postmodernist thought as "unscientific"  thought or a recycyling of thought that was around before science. "Science" and "Postmodernism" are marketed and sold to the "public" and do not differ in this respect....

 

Chad