`Postmodernism' is the name given to a range of philosophical positions and aesthetic styles that have developed since the 1950s. Underlying postmodernism is the belief that all human knowledge is limited and culturally conditioned. In this new title in the Lion Access Guides series, Kevin O'Donnell takes us on an enlightening tour of postmodernist philosophy - its origins and the main tenets of postmodernist ideas. His tour also takes in related subjects such as the arts, ethics, politics and theology.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 126 x 176 x 12mm | 381.02g
- 30 Mar 2005
- Lion Hudson Plc
- Lion Books
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Colour Maps, Photographs and Diagrams
Table of contents
Topics covered include: What is Postmodernism; The Nature of Truth; Deconstructionism; Derrida and the Poststructuralists; The Feminine; The Self and Personality; Art, Politics and Ethics; and Scepticism or the Possibility of Faith.
About Kevin O'Donnell
KEVIN O'DONNELL is an Anglican priest who was an RE teacher both before and after theological training at St Stephen's House, Oxford. Before returning to parish ministry in 1999 he was chaplain at Heathfield School, Ascot. He is the author of a number of RE text books and contributor to others.
Postmodernism as a literary or philosophical term has been around for so long that it seems quite old-fashioned now, and it gets used in so many different contexts that the sceptical reader might be forgiven for wondering whether the term actually means anything very precise. Indeed, perhaps a typically postmodern definition of postmodernism is to say that it no longer means anything at all, or it means whatever you want it to mean, referring to eclectic architecture, for example, or to Derrida and deconstructionism. The author covers the usual topics clearly and concisely enough, and the publisher has pegged the price low. By no means the only introduction to the subject, but certainly extremely accessible to anyone seeking a clear introduction to a confusing subject.