After the Future

Postmodern Times and Places

Edited by Gary Shapiro

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Studies in Philosophy and Literature, SUNY series, International Association of Philosophy and Literature (IAPL)
Paperback : 9780791402108, 360 pages, January 1990
Hardcover : 9780791402092, 360 pages, January 1990

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Table of contents


Gary Shapiro

I. Postperiodization

1. History, Theory, (Post)Modernity
Anthony J. Cascardi

2. Photographs: Primitive and Postmodern
Mary Bittner Wiseman

II. Subjects and Stories

3. Subjectivity as Critique and the Critique of Subjectivity in Keats's Hyperion
Carol L. Bernstein

4. Eliot, Pound, and the Subject of Postmodernism
Antony Easthope

5. Ideology, Representation, Schizophrenia: Toward a Theory of the Postmodern Subject
John Johnston

III. Postmodern Philosophies

6. The Becoming-Postmodern of Philosophy
Alan D. Schrift

7. "Ethics and Aesthetics are One": Postmodernism's Ethics of Taste
Richard Shusterman

8. Aftermaths of the Modern: The Exclusions of Philosophy in Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, and Stanley Cavell
Timothy Gould

IV. Paintings and Performances

9. Painting in the End: Fates of Appropriation
Stephen Melville

10. Anselm Kiefer: Postmodern Art and the Question of Technology
John C. Gilmour

11. Vito Acconci and the Politics of the Body in Postmodern Performance
Philip Auslander

V. Architecture:  Construction/Deconstruction

12. Place, Form, and Identity in Postmodern Architecture and Philosophy: Derrida avec Moore, Mies avec Kant
Edward Casey

13. Building it Postmodern in LA? Frank Gehry and Company
Roger Bell

14. The Deceit of Postmodern Architecture
Diane Ghirardo

VI. The Politics of Postmodernism

15. Power, Discourse, and Technology: The Presence of the Future
Stephen David Ross

16. Does it Pay to Go Postmodern If Your Neighbors DoNot?
Steve Fuller

17. Religion and Postmodernism: The Durkheimian Bond in Bell and Jameson
John O'Neill

VII. Questions of Language

18. Heidegger and the Problem of Philosophical Language
Gerald L. Bruns

19. The Naming of the Virgule in the Linguistic/Extralinguistic Binary
Virgil Lokke

About "Postmodern": a Bibliography
Bill Martin

About the Editor


This book brings together diverse aspects of postmodernism by philosophers, literary critics, historians of architecture, and sociologists. It addresses the nature of postmodernism in painting, architecture, and the performing arts, and explores the social and political implications of postmodern theories of culture.

The book raises the question of whether postmodernism is to be seen as one more epoch or period within a succession of eras, or as a challenge to the modernist practice of periodization itself.

The nature of the subject and of subjectivity is explored in order to resituate and contextualize the autonomous subject of the modern literary traditions.

Postmodern approaches to philosophy, both analytical and continental (including the work of Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Rorty, and Cavell) are scrutinized and compared with a view to the question of foundationalism and with respect to philosophy's historical reflection on its own exclusionary practices.

After the Future discusses the ramifications of technology and programs for the renewal of community in a radically pluralistic society. It also discusses the question of language and the diverse ways of distinguishing the articulate from the inarticulate.

Gary Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.