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On the Future of HistoryThe Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath$
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Ernst Breisach

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226072791

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.001.0001

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The Postmodern Moment

The Postmodern Moment

(p.15) 3 The Postmodern Moment
On the Future of History
University of Chicago Press

Scholars have used a ready method to locate the transition from modernity to postmodernity—the postmodern moment—and the decisive intrusion of consciously postmodernist thought into the world of modernity. They have traced early appearances of the term postmodernism. Four such cases have been located for the period prior to 1946. The postmodern moment was at hand when the concepts of postmodernity and postmodernism emerged as serious challengers to those of modernity and modernism in the debates on Western culture's development. That occurred after two of modernity's key premises lost their aura of certainty for many.

Keywords:   postmodernity, postmodernism, postmodern moment, Western culture, postmodernist thought, historical transition

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