What phenomena of modern life have found their expression in the philosophy of postmodernism? By Philosophy Posted on 2022-06-30 Category : Other Examples from any field are possible.
First, it should be clarified that for postmodernism, “modernity” means not later than 1945, but in a good way, starting from 1919, and if not completely expanded, then from the end of the 19th century. In addition, “modernity” in terms of the content of collective consciousness is distributed unevenly around the planet, and if in some Los Angeles it is now 2021, then Moscow is 20 years behind, the regions of Russia are 40 years behind, and Beijing seems to have been ahead of everyone for another ten years.
Secondly, we need to clarify that postmodernism is not some selective borrowing from modernity, it is the answer to the question ” what is modern for us?” We are those people who were “philosophers of postmodernism”, their modernity, as mentioned above, has not yet reached some of them at all. That is, a person who today scolds the damned postmodernists who invented nonsense, finds himself in the position of the guy from the joke who hit the Jew for crucifying Christ, because “I just found out about it.”
Modern postmodernism is a person who finds himself in the conditions of the collapse of all the usual values. God is dead. Mass ideologies have proved to be untenable, but unlike God, they are sometimes locally alive and still trying to do what they were created to do – to form and hold together people who have managed to get tired of being formed and held together by the right of the strong. The rejection of ideologies implies the rejection of the commonalities that they offered – be it classes or nations.
The reaction to this is cynicism, skepticism and irony. When there are no values, there is no community, and therefore no need for truth. Therefore, all claims to true knowledge can be rejected, suspected of selfish motives (because ideologies are also trying to survive in new conditions, and this requires adaptation and disguise) , or simply ridiculed.
Accordingly, the philosophy of postmodernism is mainly aimed at de-ideologization. Truth and hierarchies are no more, but man is still there. And a person needs tools and a philosophy-a tool. You don't need a claim to truth to give a working scientific method (Popper is not a postmodernist, but the collapse of claims to truth has affected everyone), you don't need it to give a person a working description of social relations (Foucault, analysis of power relations), language (Derrida), and even philosophy itself (Deleuze and his concepts). In the absence of truth, the measure of all things is again man – the instrument is useful when it is used.
Actually, through the latter, we come out of postmodernism, because there is a constructive basis for the formation of new momentary communities – some tools unite people, and others do not, no matter why. Where the tools turn out to be subcultures (they have already died, however), mobile operating systems, football teams, political parties, and so on. Postmodernism is already out of date.
for example, nailing your genitals in a square is postmodern. And such performances have found their way into modern life. But I would call these performers “artists”, as well as ” philosophers “of those who are considered representatives of this”philosophy”.