Friday Round-up

The postmodern turn continues and it is not about denigrating “facts” but putting them in context, understanding them from within a story…

“Facts (or the lack thereof) mean very little to people caught up in storylines. The best way to teach true understanding is not by teaching students facts (although that is still a valuable lesson); it is to teach them to analyze, as one does with elements of narrative.”

I too wish atheists would stop saying such…

Ummm, this stuff too…

So who is right, Chomsky or Wolfe?

What serious person can even still assert the conflict or clashing thesis?

Only funny because it’s so true…

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2 Responses to Friday Round-up

  1. Burk says:

    Hi, Darrell-

    Sorry, postmodernism does not = narrative.

    Wiki:
    “While encompassing a broad range of ideas and projects, postmodernism is typically defined by an attitude of skepticism or distrust toward grand narratives, ideologies, and various tenets of Enlightenment rationality, including the existence of objective reality and absolute truth, as well as notions of rationality, human nature, and progress.”

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    • Burk,

      The point of the essay I linked to would be thought of as being a postmodern take, rather than a modern one where “facts” alone or information abstracted out from a story/narrative or greater meaning can tell us what is true or what we should think important.

      There are several understandings of the postmodern as noted in the quote you provide. It was originally used to call into question the meta-narrative of modernity and expose it as simply another narrative and not one proven or founded simply by appealing to objective “facts” or science. I don’t hold to the more extreme post-modern views that claim no absolute truth, objective reality, or the possibility of rationality. But you knew that.

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