Novak (novak) wrote,

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Randomly Theological: Postmodernism, et al

Well, I've spent most of the night building myself an anti-telepath hat out of tinfoil. The most important part is to make sure that the peak is really pointy.

In the meantime, I'm still trying to decide whether I really believe there is such a reality or condition as "postmodernity," "postmodern," or "postmodernism," or whether all this is really just modernity coming to its natural conclusion. Was this not a foreseeable end centuries ago, but one which could be postponed, as it were, while modernity "fooled itself" by being able to move on the inertia of its Christian heritage for generations? For example, is a line like, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." truly a set of thoughts natural to modernity, or are they borrowing from modernity's medieval patrimony? And in so borrowing, are they evidence of a process of simply holding on to certain benefits of the former order of thought, while slowly going through a generations-long process of realizing that it no longer has any basis for such assumptions?

Thoughts? I promise no replies worth your effort: I'm really busy with this hat.
Tags: historical, philosophical, random

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