Life After Postmodernism: Essays on Value and Culture by John Fekete

By John Fekete

Lifestyles After Postmodernism is a pioneering textual content at the query of worth within the postmodern scene. After an extended hiatus during which discussions of worth were eclipsed by way of loss of life of the topic in post-structuralist thought, this selection of essays recommend that we're at the threshold of a brand new price debate in modern politics, aesthetics, and society.

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Also, no matter how magisterially delivered and with what attendant claims or convictions of universality, unconditionality, impersonality or objectivity, any assertion of “the value” of some object can always be unpacked as a judgment of its contingent value and appropriated accordingly5: that is, as that speaker’s observation and/or estimate of how well that object (a) compared to others of the same (implicitly defined) type (b) has performed and/or is likely to perform some particular (even though unstated) desired/able function& (c) for some particular (even though only implicitly defined) subject or set of subjects (d) under some particular (even though not specified) set or range of conditions.

Value Without Truth-Value 22. 23. 21 The present account does not exclude what are called moral or ethical (inter)actions though it would, in any elaboration, necessarily reconceptualize their dynamics. ” p. 3. 24. , p. 41. 25. Some of the inequalities and nonsymmetries indicated here are no doubt often negotiated or adjusted under conditions of partnership, paternalism or mutual good will, and a case could certainly be made out for the desirability of more extensive negotiations and adjustments of that kind and/or for more extensive good will generally It is unclear, however, how - or, indeed, by what kinds of “strategic actions” - any more radical social engineering along these lines would be pursued, and unclear also how (since equalization does not have equal consequences for everyone) the costs and benefits would fall out.

Inldeed, it may be questioned whether the boundaries of a “speech act” can be, as Habermas and many other communications theorists evidently assume, readily or sharply demarcated from the speaker’s and listener’s other f prior, ongoing and subsequent - ‘activities. In connection with the more or less utopian theories of communication mentioned above, a final point may be emphasized here. ;The linguis- Value Without Truth-Value 17 tic market can no more be a “free” one than any other market, for verbal agents do not characteristically enter it from positions of equal advantage or conduct their transactions on an equal footing.

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