Postmodernism: Philosophy and the Arts

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Paperback, 319 pages
Routledge, 1990
First Edition, First Printing
Continental Philosophy

The third volume in the Continental Philosophy series addresses the broad cultural phenomenon that has come to be known as postmodernism.  Postmodernism is found in many parts of the current intellectual space, and the essays collected here present a cross section of the debates being waged in philosophy and the arts.

The volume is organized into two sections.  The first raises some general theoretical questions about postmodernism--its language and its politics, for example.  The second section attends to particular "sites," namely the various arts themselves and the philosophical understanding of them.  Here one finds specific readings of architecture, painting, literature, theater, photography, film, television, dance, and fashion.

This volume provides a rich and varied overview of the current postmodernist debate, with its recurring themes of difference, discourse, and desire.

About the Author

Hugh. J. Silverman is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Executive Director of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature.  He is the author of Inscriptions: Between Phenomenology and Structuralism, also published by Routledge.

Contributors: Mark C. Taylor, Charles E. Scott, Donald B. Kuspit, John O’Neill, Stephen H. Watson, Dorothea Olkowski-Laetz, Gerald L. Bruns, Fred McGlynn, Allen S. Weiss, Wilhelm S. Wurzer, Hugh J. Silverman, Brian Seitz, David Michael Levin, Gail Faurschou