jeeprs wrote:viniketa wrote:So, is postmodernity better for practice?
Actually, yes. I think that a lot of what the postmoderns are *trying* to do, is to show up how un-self-aware 'modernity' is in regards to its own assumptions and beliefs about the world. Whilst post-modernism is often a blight in the academic context, on account of its potential for total anarchy and verbose meaninglessness, it has nevertheless got some real nuggets of insight. The only book I ever bought on the topic was Walter Truett Anderson's Truth about the Truth, which had some great contributions from Huston Smith and Vaklav Havel about the shortcomings of materialism, and the importance of spirituality.
I also think that the postmoderns - and maybe I lump myself very uncomfortably into that category - unreflectively construct modernity in certain ways, and are very un-self-aware of such a construction.
Everyone knows how to deconstruct Hegel these days, but who actually reads him? And how can you deconstruct without engagement?