Where Do Postmodernists Come From?

Eagleton, Terry
Publisher:  Monthly Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, July-August 1995, New York, USA
Year Published:  1995
Pages:  12pp   Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX8307

Eagleton argues that left intellectuals have adopted postmodernism out of a sense of having been badly defeated, a belief that the left as a political tendency has little future. Culturalism, he argues, involves an extreme subjectivism combined with a deep pessimism, a sense that it isn't worth the effort to learn about the world, to analyze social systems, for instance, because they can't be changed anyway.

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