"Post-Modernism"

Sam Pawlett rsp at SPAMuniserve.com
Fri Nov 5 14:32:12 MST 1999



I'm thinking about maybe doing an article on
postmodernism/structuralism, mostly philosophy and politics. Who would
be the major thinkers/themes? Just so I don't leave anything important
out.

precursors:        guilty parties:Lyotard              Critics:
                                  G.Madison             C.Norris
Nietszche                         Lacan                 A.Callinicos
Heidegger                         Rorty                 S.Haack
Hegel                             Foucault              M.Devitt
Kafka                             Deleuze&Guatteri      J.Petras
Husserl                           Laclau/Mouffe         A.Macintyre
Gadamer                           Levinas               Habermas
R.Musil                           Derrida               P.Dews
D.Davidson                        F.Jameson(?)          D.Stove
W.V. Quine                        Saussre               T.Frank
T.Kuhn                            J.Butler
P.Feyerabend                      D.McCloskey(?)
Frankfurt School                  R.Barthes
M.  de Sade
                                  J.Sallis
Themes:
denial of objective truth
denial of objective reality
denial of objectivity
socio-historical determination of all knowledge/truth
theories of subjectivity&self
critiques of weberian/western rationality
critiques of Eurocentrism
cultural relativism(no cross-cultural truths)
conceptual relativity
critiques of 'meta-narratives', theories of total knowledge
interpretation all the way down
critique of scientism, economism,classicism; reductionism
focus on ethnicity, sexual orientation

Sam Pawlett









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