Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Delineations of the modernist spectrum

From Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault by Stephen R. C. Hicks. This is also a good point of departure for discussing the boundaries between Pre-modernism, modernism, and postmodernism.

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You could spend a lot of time picking at individual points but I think this is broadly correct. The only cell I would dispute is that the Modernist view of human nature is "Tabula rasa and autonomy." True up to a point. Tabula rasa was certainly the starting point but science has driven the modernist to a greater recognition and acknowledgement of the proto-determinism of genes. The recognition that humans are not a blank slate but come with biological and behavioral dispositions that can be developed or controlled.

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