A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present by Fredric Jameson

By Fredric Jameson

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

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

In this significant new interpretation of the challenging, Jameson concludes that either strategies are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they alleged to theorize. His really apt and vigilant probing of either terms—which can most likely no longer be banished at this past due date—helps us make clear our current political and creative occasions.

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D ideological specificity, if not indeed its own unique . ' fulness and internal dynamic. ) But the most troublesome passage in Marx has to do with Ifle emergence of a new mode of production, or in other ords very specifically with the problem of transition we ve been discussing in the course of this whole section. 64 The organic ,O\renones have often been an embarrassment, particularly i* � � .... � 77 A S I N G U L A R M O D ER N I T Y PART I: T H E F O UR M A X I M S O F M O D E R N ITY since the mother normally survives the birth of the child, while the older mode of production presumably does not.

Such positivities are therefore also mysteries: , labour and language; and they are non-human mysteries : ' .. derside of the positivities). J ! What this whole account registers and stresses is a funda­ i� I . li�, in this second moment of the modern, letween the empmcal and the transcendental; a gap whose orization puts us on the track of Foucault's ambition for Ius dense and unclassifiable book, neither history or philos­ (Why exactly, but also pamphlet and aesthetic at the same e. The shadowy yet central and even preponderant role !

And to give such categories up. Thus, the omnipresent notion :Of reflexivity needs to be unmasked as little more than a �e word for self-consciousness (however non-anthropo­ morphic its context may seem to be): indeed, the theme of '�lf-reference or indexing is as we shall see central to one of the most ambitious philosophical and sociological oeuvres tf Our time, that of Niklas Luhmann. Meanwhile the multi­ tudinous theories of language and communication today mostly tend to perpetuate such older philosophies of subjec­ tivity under their scientific guises: one can be sure, wheneve the slogan of intersubjectivity arises, that one is still in anr essentially humanist discursive world.

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