Crossing the Postmodern Divide by Albert Borgmann

By Albert Borgmann

During this eloquent consultant to the meanings of the postmodern period, Albert Borgmann charts the choices sooner than us as we search choices to the joyless and synthetic tradition of intake. Borgmann connects the elemental rules using his realizing of society's ills to each sphere of latest social existence, and is going past the language of postmodern discourse to supply a powerfully articulated imaginative and prescient of what this new period, at its top, has in shop.

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S. government or anyone else. The Native Americans had been here for thousands of years. In late August and early September 1882, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Kay McCammon met with Arlee, Adolphe, Eneas, and Michelle, the chiefs of the Flatheads, Pend d'Oreilles, and Kootenais of the Flathead Reservation in northwestern Montana. McCammon had been appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate a right-of-way agreement for the transcontinental line of the Northern Pacific Railroad to run through the reservation.

In the Western world, democracy and the commitment to equality are now so much a part of everyone's mental constitution that it would be comical to suspect anyone of being a closet monarchist. It would be rare to find a frank attempt at securing feudal distinctions through legislation. Similarly, the acceptance of the scientific worldview is in all serious regards unchallenged. Of course, the-progress of the Enlightenment project has not been smooth or steady. There was reason to despair of it in Hitler'S Germany and Stalin's Russia.

The conquest of the New World, of course, was not literally the execution of Bacon's project. Historical developments rise like freshets. While theorists are minor sources of such currents, they serve as major indicators of the way things are moving. At any rate, Bacon's violent language of torturing, extorting, and subjugating nature for human benefit sharply outlines for us, as it must have for many of his contemporaries, the modern approach to reality, to the burdens of daily life, and to the expanses of wild nature.

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