By Fredric Jameson
The strategies of modernity and modernism are among the main debatable and vigorously debated in modern philosophy and cultural thought. during this intervention, Fredric Jameson--perhaps the main influential and persuasive theorist of postmodernity--excavates and explores those notions in a clean and illuminating manner.
The amazing revival of discussions of modernity, in addition to of recent theories of inventive modernism, calls for recognition in its personal correct. it sort of feels transparent that the (provisional) disappearance of choices to capitalism performs its half within the common try to revive ‘modernity’ as a social perfect. but the paradoxes of the concept that illustrate its valid background and recommend a few ideas for averting its misuse as well.
In this significant interpretation of the frustrating, Jameson concludes that either techniques are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they speculated to theorize. His sensible and vigilant probing of either terms--which can most likely now not be banished at this overdue date--helps us make clear our current political and creative situations.
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I called upon my friends to put forward any subject which any of them wished to hear discussed, and this I debated either as I sat or walked about. The result is that I have put together into five books the dissertations [scholas], as the Greeks term them, of as many days. The procedure was that, after the would-be listener had expressed his view, I opposed it. This, as you know, is the old Socratic method [vetus et Socratica ratio] of arguing against your adversary’s position; for Socrates thought that in this way the probable truth was most readily discovered; but in order that the course of our discussions may be more conveniently followed I shall put them before you in the form of a debate and not in narrative form.
P. 23, 207b–d) Socrates here introduces the issues, not only of sameness and difference, but of that difference within sameness which I have been calling deviance. For Lysis and Menexenus are assumed to be basically alike—both boys, both about the same age, both from good families of similar (upper) class backgrounds, both well-to-do in terms of wealth. ) Socrates also hopes perhaps to establish their similarity in justice and wisdom—that is, given what will shortly transpire with Lysis alone, he may be hoping to establish that they are similar in lacking these virtues and in needing instruction.
The procedure was that, after the would-be listener had expressed his view, I opposed it. This, as you know, is the old Socratic method [vetus et Socratica ratio] of arguing against your adversary’s position; for Socrates thought that in this way the probable truth was most readily discovered; but in order that the course of our discussions may be more conveniently followed I shall put them before you in the form of a debate and not in narrative form. (pp. 7–8)49 It is significant that Cicero refers to this text as a declamatio, that is, as a speech like those given by students of rhetoric as part of their training.
A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present by Fredric Jameson