From Modernism to Postmodernism (Blackwell Philosophy by Lawrence E. Cahoone

By Lawrence E. Cahoone

From Modernism to Postmodernism is the main authoritative and accomplished selection of the major vintage and modern readings of postmodernity and modernity.

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Methodological postmodernism is antirealist - claiming that knowledge is made valid not by its relation to its objects, but by its relation to our pragmatic interests, our communal perspectives,our needs, our rhetoric, and so on - and/or antifoundationalist - undercutting the philosophical attempt to justify realism. Some forms of methodological postmodernism appear to undermine the very possibility of rational inquiry, by subjecting the very notions of "truth," "rationality," and "meaning" to L7 Introduction critique.

Mayhew (New York: Random House,1971; original, 1969). The 22 Introduction t2 13 t4 15 16 T7 18 T9 concept of post-industrial society is, however, at least as old as 1914 and Arthur f. Penty's and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Essays in Post-lndustria' Iism: A Symposiumof ProphecyConcerningthe Future of Society(London: l9I4). Penty attributed the invention of the term to Coomaraswamy. Their book is now virtually unavailable, but according to Roger Lipsey's account in his Coomaraswamy:His Life and Work (Princeton, Nf: Princeton University Press, 19 7 7), Coomaraswamy'spost-industrialismwas a straightforward premodernism, in which he hoped for and foresaw the end of industrialism and a return to village life.

The 22 Introduction t2 13 t4 15 16 T7 18 T9 concept of post-industrial society is, however, at least as old as 1914 and Arthur f. Penty's and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Essays in Post-lndustria' Iism: A Symposiumof ProphecyConcerningthe Future of Society(London: l9I4). Penty attributed the invention of the term to Coomaraswamy. Their book is now virtually unavailable, but according to Roger Lipsey's account in his Coomaraswamy:His Life and Work (Princeton, Nf: Princeton University Press, 19 7 7), Coomaraswamy'spost-industrialismwas a straightforward premodernism, in which he hoped for and foresaw the end of industrialism and a return to village life.

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