‘Since at least Plato …’ and Other Postmodernist Myths

  • Authors
  • M. J. Devaney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 1-11
  3. Postmodernism and the Innocuous Logic of ‘Both/And’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 15-45
    3. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 46-63
    4. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 64-79
  4. ‘Modernity,’ ‘Postmodernity,’ and All That: The ‘Grand Narratives’ of Postmodernism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 99-114
    3. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 115-152
    4. M. J. Devaney
      Pages 153-204
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-245

About this book


'Since at Least Plato...' and Other Postmodernist Myths surveys the fields of theories of postmodernism and criticizes some of the most common claims found in them about philosophy, science, and the relationship and literary techniques to metaphysics, epistemology, and political ideologies. Devaney finds the accounts offered by these theories of concepts ranging from the law of noncontradiction to relativity and the Uncertainty Principle to be as ill-informed as they are pervasive. Devaney shows how the use to which these accounts have been put in constructing the story of the progression from realism to postmodernism to modernism flattens out both the history of ideas and the history of literature.


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