Fredric Jameson's A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present PDF

By Fredric Jameson

ISBN-10: 1859844502

ISBN-13: 9781859844502

A significant new interpretation of the ideas of modernism and modernity.

The options of modernity and modernism are among the main debatable and vigorously debated in modern philosophy and cultural concept. 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 notable revival of discussions of modernity, in addition to of latest theories of creative modernism, calls for realization in its personal correct. it kind of feels transparent that the (provisional) disappearance of choices to capitalism performs its half within the common try to revive 'modernity' as a social perfect. but the paradoxes of the concept that illustrate its valid historical past and recommend a few principles for keeping off its misuse in addition.

In this significant new interpretation of the frustrating, Jameson concludes that either innovations are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they speculated to theorize. His really apt and vigilant probing of either terms—which can most likely now not be banished at this overdue date—helps us make clear our current political and creative events.

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By these designations, however, the inter­ pretation of the thingness of the thing that henceforth becomes standard is founded, and the Western interpreta­ don of the being of entities is established. The process begins with the appropriation of Greek words by Roman­ Latin thought. 'Hypokeimenon' becomes subiectum; 'hypostasis' becomes substantia; 'symbebekos' becomes accidens. This translation of Greek names into the Latin language is in no way the inconsequential process it is taken to be even today.

1 moment (the transition from representation to history) i ests that the writer imagines a similar historical position himself in some late modern great transformation. oment in which meaning appeared, this new historicist or lIumanist period is that in which the limits of meaning now in to emerge; in which the boundaries of what is humanly li lthinkable and indeed of knowledge itself become as obsessive as problematic as the content of that knowledge. Fou­ tault's operation, then, like Kant's, lies in tracing those .

This liberation, although without knowing it, is always still freeing itself from being bound by the revelational truth in which the salvation of man's soul is made certain and is guaranteed for him. Hence liberation from the revelational certainty of salvation had to be intrinsically a freeing to a certainty [Gewissheit] in which man makes secure for himself the true as the known of his own knowing [Wissens]. That was possible only through self­ liberating man's guaranteeing for himself the certainty of the knowable.

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