Postmodernism. What Moment?

Pelagia Goulimari
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Postmodernism - the vast interdisciplinary debate on postmodernism and postmodernity of the 1980s and early 1990s - has been a crossroads for historical descriptions of the latter half of the twentieth century as well as for a variety of new philosophical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives. The texts assembled in this book emerge out of multiple, possibly incommensurable, paradigms and genealogies. In varying degrees, they all reflect on their own paradigm and genealogy; they all show awareness of other, "rival," paradigms and attempt to map them; they all mix theoretical concerns with the renewed attempt to engage with actuality. There is an emerging consensus around three points: firstly, any triumphal celebration of the postmodern against the modem is out of place; secondly, the relation between the modern and the postmodern is one of continuities as well as discontinuities; thirdly, the postmodern, in its relations of continuity with the modern, is here to stay. The book seeks to plot the ways in which a number of leading exponents of postmodern theory see the theoretical matrices of ten, fifteen, twenty years ago transmuting to address the new contemporary, the contemporary now; transmuting to serve new imaginations of our global present, of our ongoing intellectual and political work, and of a possible global future radically different from the present.

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