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, 217 pages
Published April 15th 1990 by Palgrave MacMillan
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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
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.
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.More about Alex Callinicos...