By Fredric Jameson
A tremendous new interpretation of the recommendations of modernism and modernity.The suggestions of modernity and modernism are among the main arguable and vigorously debated in modern philosophy and cultural thought. during this new intervention, Fredric Jameson—perhaps the main influential and persuasive theorist of postmodernity—excavates and explores those notions in a clean and illuminating demeanour. the intense revival of discussions of modernity, in addition to of recent theories of creative modernism, calls for recognition in its personal correct. it kind of feels transparent that the (provisional) disappearance of possible choices to capitalism performs its half within the common try to revive 'modernity' as a social excellent. but the paradoxes of the idea that illustrate its valid background and recommend a few ideas for fending off its misuse in addition. during this significant new interpretation of the tricky, Jameson concludes that either thoughts are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they imagined to theorize. His sensible and vigilant probing of either terms—which can most likely no longer be banished at this overdue date—helps us make clear our current political and inventive events.
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Banfield (1967). 6. Albeit covering a wide range of variation, to be sure. 7. It can also account for valuing creativity et al. , as contributing to our welfare. 8. Railton (1984) limns this sort of distinction with great subtlety. Langenfus (1990) calls it the “criterion/motivation separation” (p. 131), which he sees, however, as deeply problematic. “Decision procedure” is another relevant term in the literature for what I am calling motivation; cf. Crisp (1992). 9. Taken from a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon by Bill Watterson.
221; Hudson’s emphasis). 4. I am not going to worry overmuch about two different theories that happen to contain the same number of individuals since I am only sketching a picture for the practical purpose of talking about a concept. This matter does have some significance, however, in the discussion of altruism later in this chapter. 5. A researcher who actually used the term “familism” to portray a moral outlook was political scientist Edward C. Banfield (1967). 6. Albeit covering a wide range of variation, to be sure.
Taken from a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon by Bill Watterson. (c) Watterson. Used by permission of Universal Press Syndicate. All rights reserved. 10. I also sometimes refer to it as “Calvinism,” if you don’t mind the pun. 11. See Appendix I. 12. What about Yahweh or Brahman? Without turning this into a theological treatise, I will just remark that there seem to me to be grounds for an ethical interpretation of these supposed named individuals as placeholders for everyone. ’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present by Fredric Jameson