- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: POLITY PRESS (1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745606148
- ISBN-13: 978-0745606149
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Against Postmodernism: A Marxist Critique Paperback – 1991
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Alex starts off with a strong, refreshing judgement:
"I do not believe that we live in 'New Times', in a 'postindustrial and postmodern age'... I deny the main theses of poststructuralism, which seem to me in substance false. I doubt very much that Postmodern art represents a qualitative break from the Modernism of the early twentieth century. Moreover, much of what is written in support of the idea that we live in a postmodern epoch seems to me of small calibre intellectually, usually superficial, often ignorant, sometimes incoherent."
But, of course, he has to defend these claims, which (unfortunately) requires delving into the postmodernist babble about "discourse" and "metanarratives." As a result, this book is a very very difficult read, even for those who are familiar with postmodern theory. In the preface, Callinicos even seems to regret having to follow such a "tortuous path." But the journey is well worth it, thorns and all, especially for exasperated college students who must grapple with these ideas in their classes.
Alex does not boil down all opposing theories to his own viewpoint. In fact, this book points out many of the open questions that remain in philosophy and social theory. In every area, however, postmodernism proves to be a dead end, leading to political inactivity and confused relativism.Read more ›
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I have been engaged in an study of philosophy only for the past two years and mostly for my interest in politics and social science. Read morePublished on November 21, 2001 by EDUARDO ENRIQUEZ