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Against Postmodernism

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It has become an intellectual commonplace to claim that we have entered the era of 'postmodernity'. Three themes are embraced in this claim; the poststructurist critique by Foucault, Derrida and others of the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment; the supposed impasse of High Modern art and its replacement by new artistic forms; and the alleged emergence of 'post-ind ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 15th 1990 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published April 1st 1990)
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Dec 17, 2014 Danae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por lo general cuando se lee teoría crítica seria pareciera que hay que sortear múltiples recursos discursivos que ordenan el texto y que le garantizan rigor: preguntas, ejemplificaciones, comparaciones. Y detrás de todo eso está la posición del autor que emerge casi como pidiendo perdón.
Lo mejor de este libro es que Alex Callinicos desde principio a fin toma una más que explícita posición marxista. Es despectivo con la flojera posmoderna e imperdonable con la falta de rigor teórico.
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Dan Sharber
this is probably a good book. the arguments seem sound to me. however, i have very limited knowledge of all the people and art and architecture that he references throughout. as such, this book made very little sense to me and gave me very little of any practical use. the fault, i believe, is my own and not the fault of the book/author. but if you are not familiar with derrida, althusser, adorno, nietzsche, habermas etc etc you might be in the same boat as me. i am refraining from rating this bo ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
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A nice appraisal. At first it seemed Callinicos was going to discuss postmodern art, but the most of the book focused on philosophy and politics. Particularly politics in the last part of the book. As with most critics of postmodernism, Callinicos doesn't dismiss all pomo's claims outright, but only their inconsistencies. There's also a great, even-handed take on Habermas that's worth checking out.
Sep 15, 2012 Phillip rated it did not like it
Sloppy, crude scholarship. I'm not a huge fan of post-modernism, but Callinicos' criticisms come off as if he hasn't really read any of the main theorists he critiques. Not worth your time.
Mar 12, 2014 sologdin rated it it was ok
trot from british empire lays down what are now the standard marxist objections to postmodernism. probably should be supplemented with habermas, though.
Mar 02, 2007 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best critique of post-modernism around. Takes the theory on at its level and breaks it down. Not a quick read but great.
Mar 16, 2007 Jafar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You don't need to be a Marxist to agree with his critique of po'mo'ism.
May 25, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
I found this book in the street a few years ago!
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Alexander Theodore Callinicos, a descendant through his mother of Lord Acton, is a political theorist and Director of the Centre for European Studies at King's College London. He holds both a BA and a DPhil from Oxford University.
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