Thursday, January 29, 2009

Post Modernism:
a) All truth is limited, approximate, and is constantly evolving
b) No theory can ever be proved true (we can only show that a theory is false)
c) No theory can ever explain all things
d) Thus absolute and certain truth that explains all things is unobtainable.

The Mediated concept of Truth, is that it first admits that there is no such thing as absolute, pure Truth. There is a reality, which may be abstract or sensual ... but one cannot access it/know it ..'in-itself'. One can only 'know' it within the socially constructed (or species-constructed) 'mediative-habits' of one's particular society/species/whatever. -

Post Modernism is a general and wide-ranging term which is applied to literature, art, philosophy, architecture, fiction, and cultural and literary criticism, among others. Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality. In essence, it stems from a recognition that reality is not simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but rather, is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality.
For this reason, post modernism is highly skeptical of explanations which claim to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, and instead focuses on the relative truths of each person. In the postmodern understanding, interpretation is everything; reality only comes into being through our interpretations of what the world means to us individually. Post Modernism relies on concrete experience over abstract principles, knowing always that the outcome of one's own experience will necessarily be fallible and relative, rather than certain and universal.
Post Modernism is "post" because it is denies the existence of any ultimate principles, and it lacks the optimism of there being a scientific, philosophical, or religious truth which will explain everything for everybody - a characteristic of the so-called "modern" mind.

With the strength of his spiritual sight and insight the distance, and as it were the space, around man continually expands; his world grows deeper, ever new stars, ever new images and enigmas come into view. -

1 comment:

jez evans said...

"And if you swear that there's no truth and who cares, how come you say it like you're right?"

Post Modernism is in itself an oxy-moron. It is skeptical of explanations which claim to be valid for everyone, yet that's exactly what it is... An explanation for everything. However it's not totally invalid. Metaphysics is kinda like science's answer to post modernism, it credits and discredits the different areas of the idea all in the same breath. The math on the subatomic level correlates with the basic tenants of post modernism, illustrating the brain's affect on reality, and this is where the two institutions of thought split- post modernism claims to be unmeasurable, an intuitive discipline rather than a tested theory... yet metaphysics attempts to do just that, to test and measure our intuition.