Are We Postmodern Yet?

And Were We Ever?

Authors: Kramer, Reinhold

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  • Argues that postmodernity is still useful, particularly in the area of ethics, to systematically distinguish the contemporary world from earlier eras
  • Uses balanced language to describe of changes that modernity has undergone in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
  • Combines diverse subject areas to give readers a broad overview
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In this book, Reinhold Kramer explores a variety of important social changes, including the resistance to objective measures of truth, the rise of “How-I-Feel” ethics, the ascendancy of individualism, the immersion in cyber-simulations, the push toward globalization and multilateralism, and the decline of political and religious faiths. He argues that the displacement, since the 1990s, of grand narratives by ego-based narratives and small narratives has proven inadequate, and that selective adherence, pluralist adaptation, and humanism are more worthy replacements. Relying on evolutionary psychology as much as on Charles Taylor, Kramer argues that no single answer is possible to the book title’s question, but that the term “postmodernity” – referring to the era, not to postmodernism – still usefully describes major currents within the contemporary world.


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Reinhold Kramer is a professor at Brandon University in Canada. He is the author of Scatology and Civility in the English-Canadian Novel and Mordecai Richler: Leaving St. Urbain (winner of a Jewish Book Award and the Gabrielle Roy Prize).


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Are We Postmodern Yet?
Book Subtitle
And Were We Ever?
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30569-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30569-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30568-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 328
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