Are We Postmodern Yet?

And Were We Ever?

  • Reinhold Kramer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 299-328

About this book


In this book, Reinhold Kramer explores a variety of important social changes, including the resistance to objective measures of truth, the rise of “How-I-Feel” ethics, the ascendancy of individualism, the immersion in cyber-simulations, the push toward globalization and multilateralism, and the decline of political and religious faiths. He argues that the displacement, since the 1990s, of grand narratives by ego-based narratives and small narratives has proven inadequate, and that selective adherence, pluralist adaptation, and humanism are more worthy replacements. Relying on evolutionary psychology as much as on Charles Taylor, Kramer argues that no single answer is possible to the book title’s question, but that the term “postmodernity”—referring to the era, not to postmodernism— still usefully describes major currents within the contemporary world.


truth Lyotard Derrida Fredric Jameson DFW

Authors and affiliations

  • Reinhold Kramer
    • 1
  1. 1.English and Creative WritingBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30568-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30569-7
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