At last week’s Seattle Rationality Reading Group Richard Wu gave a presentation called “A Rationalist’s Guide To Postmodernism”, where he outlined Postmodernism as it relates to art, literature and philosophy. I took notes, and the original slides are linked from my notes.
- Postmodernism isn’t a single movement - it’s a conglomeration of artistic, literary and philosophical styles that all were in opposition to the pre-World War 2 modernist ideologies in these fields
- Postmodernism philosophy is all about finding ways to discover meaning in a world where you have multiple competing epistemological standards (rather than a single widely accepted epistemology)
- While postmodernist styles in literature, art, and philosophy are far more widely divergent than their modernist counterpart, a common thread that unites them is their context-dependence. While modernist and pre-modern art and philosophy sought to be timeless, the post-modern versions of all these things acknowledge that they only make sense in a particular time and place.
- Social Justice, as currently practiced on college campuses is weaponized postmodernism and SJWs understand postmodern philosophy about as well as politicians understand nuclear physics