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Feminism and Postmodernism
The term ‘postmodernism’ exerts an instant fascination. For it suggests that ‘modernity’ is, paradoxically, already in the past; and consequently that a new form of consciousness is called for, corresponding to new social conditions. But of course it does not tell us what the distinctive character of these new conditions, or of the accompanying consciousness, is supposed to be. Expositions of postmodernism in the context of political and cultural theory often take as a negative point of reference the idea of ‘Enlightenment’. I therefore propose to look at some recent examples of anti-Enlightenment polemic and to consider their meaning from a feminist point of view. I shall use as source material the writings of three well-known philosophers—JeanFrançois Lyotard, Alasdair MacIntyre and Richard Rorty—who are among the most forceful exponents of the arguments and values which constitute postmodernism within academic philosophy.  Inevitably, then, my response to their work will also be a response tothe bigger picture which I shall trace in it. But this does not mean that I believe the whole of postmodernism, even in its philosophical variant, to be wrapped up in the pages I have chosen for study: what follows is, in the first instance, an account of a specific bit of textual exploration.
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- Sabina Lovibond: A Reply to Elizabeth Wilson
- Elizabeth Wilson: The Postmodern Chameleon
- Kate Soper: Postmodernism, Subjectivity and the Question of Value
- Sabina Lovibond: Feminism and Pragmatism: A Reply to Richard Rorty
- Sabina Lovibond: Feminism and the 'Crisis of Rationality'
- Sabina Lovibond: Meaning What We Say: Feminist Ethics and the Critique of Humanism