By Fredric Jameson
A significant new interpretation of the options of modernism and modernity.
The strategies of modernity and modernism are among the main debatable and vigorously debated in modern philosophy and cultural thought. during this new intervention, Fredric Jameson—perhaps the main influential and persuasive theorist of postmodernity—excavates and explores those notions in a clean and illuminating demeanour.
The outstanding revival of discussions of modernity, in addition to of recent theories of inventive modernism, calls for recognition in its personal correct. it kind 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 idea that illustrate its valid heritage and recommend a few principles for warding off its misuse to boot.
In this significant new interpretation of the troublesome, Jameson concludes that either techniques are tainted, yet still yield clues as to the character of the phenomena they imagined to theorize. His really apt and vigilant probing of either terms—which can most likely now not be banished at this past due date—helps us make clear our current political and inventive occasions.
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Boundaries and in mapping out what can count as thinking and what cannot. But like Kant's, Foucault's achievement Overshoots the mark, and far from this very modest and reasonable programme, with its careful limits and precau- . 4 �� Im jla � ifDr ! ; � ',and 71 PART I : T H E F O U R M A X I M S O F M O D E RN I T Y A S I N G ULAR M O D E RNITY tion� a �d its sober catalogue of positivities, the marking of the hmIt exacerbates the will to transgress it and to pass over into what is forbidden. It is that zone of non-knowledge which we have character ized above as something like a fourth historical moment even though in another sense it coexists with our ow� daytime world of historicism and the human sciences as their p�otographic negative.
Which only empirical facts and arbitrary and contingent . ws remain. Such positivities are therefore also mysteries: , labour and language; and they are non-human mysteries : ' .. derside of the positivities). J ! What this whole account registers and stresses is a funda i� I . li�, in this second moment of the modern, letween the empmcal and the transcendental; a gap whose orization puts us on the track of Foucault's ambition for Ius dense and unclassifiable book, neither history or philos (Why exactly, but also pamphlet and aesthetic at the same e.
Tll feature of the narrative process itself. 81 PART I : T H E F O U R M A X I M S OF M O D E R N I T Y 7 The preceding discussion (or parenthesis) did not confront that feature of Foucault's analysis of the second modernity that seemed not only to mark it in radical disjunction from the homologies of the first modernity, but also to project another possible connection with the Marxian analysis of structure, I mean the idea of separation. 71 In Marx, of course, it is the notion of separation that is used to characterize capitalist modernity and the new situation of the worker, 'freed' from his means of production, separated from land and tools and thrown upon the free market as a commodity (his henceforth saleable labour power).
A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present by Fredric Jameson