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Definition: Postmodernism

Postmodernism was a trend or movement of the 1970’s in arts and literature which was a reaction against the values, principles, practices and dogmas of the modern period of European history. Postmodernism uses concepts like difference, repetition, hyper reality etc. It is a set of strategic practices.

An example of postmodern architecture is the city of Las Vegas. Postmodernism architecture trend had vernacular contexts and surfaces. One of the theorists of postmodern culture was James Francois Lyotard, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, Jean Baudrillard, Fedric Jameson and Douglas Kellner. Some of the notable postmodern artists in the field of visual arts were Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman.

Postmodernism is actually skepticism against towards Enlightment Rationality, objective reality, grand narratives, ideologies and absolute truth. Postmodernism dismisses the existence of an objective reality with properties which are totally independent from human beings, their minds or any other thing related to them. Also according to Postmodern theory there is no such thing as Truth. Postmodernism denies the Enlightenment faith in science and technology, the faith that science and technology will lead to human progress. Instead postmodernism believes that science and technology and reason and logic are objects of destruction which have been used by evil people in the 20th century to destroy others. Postmodernism believes that reason and logic are only conceptual things and human psychology is determined by their social surroundings. Postmodernism rejects philosophy and believes that the meaning of a word is not static but it can have a range of contrasts with the meaning of other words.

Hence, this concludes the definition of Postmodernism along with its overview.


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