Yesterday, I outlined a number of the basic features of modernity. Today, I pick up by looking at the shift from modernity to postmodernity.
Postmodernism’s Progenitors: Jacques Derrida and Friedrich Nietzsche
It has been said that in the history of Western thought there have been two French Revolutions that gave birth to modernism and postmodernism. In the Enlightenment, Frenchmen Rene Descartes brought about a new way of thinking when his Cogito turned Western thinking towards the subject. Instead of keeping God at the center, now all centered on man. This was the first French Revolution. The second was the rise of Jacques Derrida, who not only questioned the Author of the universe, he questioned every single author who rose in his place. Derrida has rightly been esteemed as the forefather of postmodern thought, and for good reason. Continue reading