After postmodernism

Post-postmodernist alternatives

Whether we realize it or not, we live in the shadow of postmodernism. Contemporary philosophy is a response to the postmodernist challenges to Enlightenment thought. And yet, nearly all the proposed alternatives fail to go beyond the postmodernist framework. Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm shows why philosophy has failed to overcome postmodernism and proposes his own alternative.  



Despite recent polemics, postmodernism’s philosophical heyday has long passed. While “postmodernism” was once indeed important, the iconic works that made the term popular focused on artistic and intellectual movements of the 1970s and 1980s that have since become outmoded. It has been a long time since Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, or Philip Glass were among the most influential in their respective fields. Likewise, the theorists most routinely associated with postmodernism as an academic paradigm, such as Lyotard (born 1925), Foucault (born 1926), Derrida

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lily lily 4 February 2023

A trend in modern culture known as postmodernism is characterized by a rejection of objective reality and meta-narrative truth. Language, power dynamics, and motivation are all heavily emphasized by postmodernism, which specifically criticizes the use of binary distinctions like male versus female, heterosexual versus gay, white against black, and imperial versus colonial. Numerous cultural disciplines, such as literary criticism, sociology, linguistics, architecture, the visual arts, and music have been impacted by postmodernism.