Modernity and Postmodernity Essay

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dialectic of the Enlightenment in terms of the values of truth, progress and liberation. We will tangentially see how these concepts are linked to modernity and post modernity. Also, we will see what the two alternatives to dealing with the demise of the Enlightenment as Ferraris and Taraboletti Segre argue. The author will also refer to Lyotard and Habermas's stance on the issue. We will answer the question of why one can not separate the concerns of modernity and postmodernity from each other. We will see how the two discourses inform each other in terms of above subjects.

The dialectic of the Enlightenment has almost always been known in terms of the values of truth, progress and liberation. Rather than having to look upon it as having died Ferraris and Taraboletti Segre argue that by becoming a philosophical issue, it is now beyond being localized to one discipline. The modern and postmodern alternatives continue the dialogue regarding truth, progress and liberation. They
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never really ended with the eclipse of the enlightenment. They simply continue on in new form (Ferraris and Taraboletti 1988 pp. 12-13).

As will see further on below in our second source, Lyotard and Habermas differ greatly on how this is to be looked and discussed. Lyotard sees that there is a need for an overarching dialogue that does not have a predetermined end with regard to modernism and postmodernism because the "metahistorical" arguments have died with modernism. Postmodernism is a new entity and therefore needs a new dialogue to explain it (ibid, 13-15). Habermas sees post modernism as a deconstruction of postmodernism (ibid. p. 17). Just as the ideals of the enlightenment did not really die with it, so its brainchild modernism is just a continuation of a stream of thought that has form and can be described and studied. We do not have to "transcend" it to understand it.

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Fairfield, P.. (1994). Habermas, Lyotard and Political Discours. Available:

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