|The foundations of postmodernism
||[Jun. 6th, 2005|03:25 pm]
I'm sorry if this seems like it's OT, but to my understanding, postmodernist thought has its roots in existentialism and/or Heidegger.|
So, my question is: does anyone have any recommended works for the foundations for postmodernist thought? Many people are very hasty to write off postmodernism as absurd, because the conclusions seem absurd, but I get the feeling that they would not be so absurd if one understood the argumentation behind them.
The extent of my understanding is this: Our world is made intelligible by our culture and society (das Man, the "they," whatever you want to call it). This fact undermines the notion that any person can have a privileged viewpoint, one that is universal and purely objective. I don't want to talk here about the merits of postmodernism, I just want to know if someone has a clear explanation of the position, or can recommend a good book as a starting point.