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RESURGENCE OF THE REAL

Are we coming out of a postmodern age into a new social and cultural paradigm?  Here’s a chart that shows the last shift – from modernism to postmodernism – and predicts what the new emerging paradigm may look like.

RESURGENCE OF THE REAL


 

  Modern Deconstructionist Postmodern Ecological
Postmodern
Meta-narrative Salvation and progress None (They’re all power plays) The cosmological unfolding
Truth mode Objectivism Extreme relativism Experientialism
World A collection of objects An aggregate of fragments A community of subjects
Reality Fixed order Social construction Fragmented
Sense of self Socially engineered Fragmented Processual
Primary truth The universal The particular The particular-in-context
Grounding Mechanistic universe None (total groundlessness) Cosmological
processes
Nature Nature as opponent Nature as wronged object Nature as subject
Body Control over the body ‘Erasure of the body’
(It’s all social construction)
Trust in the body
Science Reductionist It’s only a narrative! Complexity
Economics Corporate Post-capitalist Community-based
Political focus Nation-state The local A Community of communities of communities
Sense of the divine God the Father ‘Gesturing towards the sublime’ Creativity in the cosmos,
ultimate mystery
Key metaphors Mechanics and law Economics (‘libidinal economy’) and signs/coding Ecology

table adapted from The Resurgence of the Real by Charlene Spretnak

THE BIG RETHINK: FAREWELL TO MODERNISM − AND MODERNITY TOO, Peter Buchanan

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