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  1. postmodernismnoun

    genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism


  1. postmodernismnoun

    Any style in art, architecture, literature, philosophy, etc., that reacts against an earlier modernist movement.


  1. Postmodernism

    Postmodernism is a mode of discourse that is characterized by philosophical skepticism toward the grand narratives offered by modernism; that rejects epistemological certainty and the stability of meaning; and rejects the emphasis on ideology as the means of maintaining political power. Postmodernism dismisses claims that facts are objective as naïve realism, given the conditional nature of knowledge. The investigative perspective of Postmodernism is characterized by self-reference, epistemological relativism, and moral relativism, pluralism, irony, and eclecticism; and dismisses the universal validity of the principles of binary opposition, the stablility of identity, hierarchy, and categorization.Postmodernism emerged from literary criticism and developed in the mid-twentieth century as an intellectual rejection of modernism, and has been observed across many disciplines. Postmodernism is associated with the disciplines deconstruction and post-structuralism. Postmodernism is criticized as promoting obscurantism, as abandoning the intellectualism of the Age of Enlightenment and thus contributing no new knowledge.


  1. Postmodernism

    Postmodernism is a term which describes the postmodernist movement in the arts, its set of cultural tendencies and associated cultural movements. It is in general the era that follows Modernism. It frequently serves as an ambiguous overarching term for skeptical interpretations of culture, literature, art, philosophy, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism. It is often associated with deconstruction and post-structuralism because its usage as a term gained significant popularity at the same time as twentieth-century post-structural thought.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Postmodernism

    A late 20th-century philosophical approach or style of cultural analysis that seeks to reveal the cultural or social construction of concepts conventionally assumed to be natural or universal. (from E.R. DuBose, The Illusion of Trust: Toward a Medical Theological Ethics in the Postmodern Age, Kluwer, 1995)

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