What’s After Postmodernism?

Geoff Holsclaw attempt an answer:

If you missed it, postmodernism died on September 24th, 2011.  Yup.  At least if you take the word of Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which opened its “Postmodernism—Style and Subversion 1970-1990″ on that day…

But if postmodernism is dead, is over, is done with, what comes after?

Isn’t this the question we always want to ask, that we have to ask?  If postmodernism indicated that which follows modernism, which being integrally an extension of it (i.e. modern is still with the very name), don’t we have to ask what is after it?  Which is really not a postmodern question, but a modern one, for modernity trained us to expected the new, the next, the upgraded against the old, traditional, normal.

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  • Kevin

    Hopefully there is something because postmodernism sure is not cutting it.

  • I remember hearing this discussion going on more than ten years ago.

    I find the article interesting, some of the comment section has people that really keep up with it, and some people spend their whole life trying to figure it out in philosophical writings that get very technical. I think one guy in the comment section is right that both modernism and postmodernism is still around.

    One guy seemed to think that there will be a rebuilding again.

  • You guys crack me up. I remember chatting with a guy back in the 90’s about “Postmodern Christianity” and its rise. I laughed at him and he got miffed. I told him postmodernism was already dead and passe. It head reached the point in art and literature that it was nearly a commercial sell-out from “The Life of Pi” to comic books. He suggested I read Brian McLaren, which I did and found quaintly interesting. Merely confirmed what Francis Schaeffer said back in the 70’s that philosophy and art start a trend, and religion is the last to discover it. Not much has changed in the intervening 40 years. I guess if we want to ask what comes after Postmodern Christianity, we should go back to the 80’s and see what was really hot in philosophy and art back then and make that the “next new thing.”

  • Mister Tee

    Disney World?

  • The Misfit Toy

    I just have to keep telling this story over and over again.

    Filled with brilliant critiques of western thought, I sat down to share my enlightened viewpoint with a friend who grew up in a cross-cultural context. He stopped me very early on, saying something like this. “This infatuation with Post-Modernity is really frustrating for the people who never understood why Western Christianity was so in love with Modernity. When will the West stop moving on to the next thing and sit and listen?”

  • Beb


    Postmodernism as a concept identified something that we were already experiencing but had no name for. An ideology does not have to have a name to exist. So in a sense we have Namlessism right now and it should stay that way because it seems that as soon as you name a thing you make it less, you put it in a box and say “I got that now what else is there?”.

    This is particularly true of religious movements – time for a nameless revolution.

  • I posted this comment over there, but I think this site is more interesting as a whole so I’m, scandalously, re-posting it here.

    Which postmodernism? Continental, Anglo-American, Eastern European, Asian, Latin American? It’s weird how totalizing Continental postmodernists can get in assuming they own the term.

    I think there are lot of proposals depending on what field you’re looking at. Like human knowledge in general throughout history, the trend has tended to follow the leading edge of science and knowledge. Deconstructionalists may never grow old, but they will fade away, simply because that’s not a cohesive form of deciphering our world–we can only not know for so long and only in certain fields.

    Basically, the trend is towards complexity. The metanarratives of the modern era were generalizing and totalizing. That doesn’t work with people any more than weather (it’s always cold in Winter I might say, even if it was close to 90 degrees here in SoCal).

    The fuddy-duddy field of history is looking, for instance, at complexity in terms of the ecology of human existence, both in a universal form (see Big History), and more like cartography where a inexact expression of human events can portray reality on varying scales (see Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis).

    Moltmann himself seems to reflect this in his own works, with an emphasis both on ecotheology in terms of connection to the environment and in terms of the ecology of a context (everything matters) providing holistic contribution to a theological system.