Where Do Postmodernists Come From?
Eagleton, TerryPublisher: Monthly Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, July-August 1995, New York, USA
Year Published: 1995
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.