Modernists versus postmodernists?


Do modernists and postmodernist tend to hold the same views, or are these two disciplines simply unrelated?

Jack Maddington

Posted 2016-05-31T16:40:28.410

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Possible duplicate of What does it mean for something to be "post-modernist" as opposed to "modernist"?

– NNOX Apps – 2017-12-19T07:05:33.453

See table comparisons (not necessarily within philosophy, but general flavour) e.g. here, here in Russian.

– ttnphns – 2017-12-19T17:58:43.390

2Postmodernism has been identified by Lyotard and includes philophers like Deleuze, Derrida, Vattimo. They "react" to previous philosophers (they call them modernist) and take nspiration from Nietzsche, etc. But there is no previous "movement" that call itself modernism. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA – 2016-05-31T19:55:35.710

Good answer. But the confusion arises from the fact that I know someone who has studied modernism as part of a PhD in English literature but was unable to grasp what the subject was about, and having searched Wikipedia and still failed to understand I thought this site would be the best place to ask for clarification. Perhaps someone can help me. Thanks. – Jack Maddington – 2016-05-31T20:41:17.720

Interesting that postmodernism is based on the notion that arts are separate from the sciences, which they are not. Science and logical thought can take over everything and it is impossible to reason decently without such tools. – Jack Maddington – 2016-05-31T20:47:06.620



Postmodernism is a response to modernism with less optimism about human progress. Both modernism and postmodernism hold that the previous philosophies are obsolete, and they rebel against classical culture through abstract and postmodern art. The difference is that modernism is optimistic about humans' ability to achieve progress while postmodernists hold all value as relative and do not necessarily believe in progress.

D J Sims

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