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Crossing the Postmodern Divide

In this eloquent guide to the meanings of the postmodern era, Albert Borgmann charts the options before us as we seek alternatives to the joyless and artificial culture of consumption. Borgmann connects the fundamental ideas driving his understanding of society’s ills to every sphere of contemporary social life, and goes beyond the language of postmodern discourse to offer a powerfully articulated vision of what this new era, at its best, has in store.

"[This] thoughtful book is the first remotely realistic map out of the post modern labyrinth."—Joseph Coates, The Chicago Tribune

"Rather astoundingly large-minded vision of the nature of humanity, civilization and science."—Kirkus Reviews

182 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Culture Studies

Philosophy: Philosophy of Society

Sociology: Theory and Sociology of Knowledge

Table of Contents

1. Closure and Transition
2. Modernism
The Rise of Modernism
Aggressive Realism
Methodical Universalism
Ambiguous Individualism
3. Postmodernism
The Postmodern Critique
The Postmodern Economy
4. Hypermodernism
The Power and Ambiguity of Postmodernism
5. Postmodern Realism
Moral Decisions and Material Culture
Focal Realism
Patient Vigor
Communal Celebration

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