Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category

Osborne, Peter (1992) Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category. New Left Review, I/192, pp. 65-84. ISSN (print) 0028-6060

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Abstract

Few thickets are more tangled than that in which the idea of modernity has become enmeshed, few topics less likely to inspire confidence than the question of its relations to the ‘postmodern’. Not least of the problems concerns the character and status of the concept of modernity itself. For it is far from clear that the main figures in recent debates have been writing about, and disputing, the same set of issues when the term has been used. This is of course, in one sense, precisely the point: it is the meaning of ‘modernity’ that is in dispute, and the argument is hardly just terminological. Nonetheless, there remains considerable scope for reflection about what kind of concept ‘modernity’ is, and in particular for a more systematic consideration of the relations between its various uses. What follows is offered as a preliminary contribution to this task.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 05:43
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2011 11:34
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/15617

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