By Joseph P. Natoli
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Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. 87. 7. Cf. William Peter Blatty, The Exorcistfirst published by Blond & Briggs in 1972here quoted from the London Corgi edition of 1974; David Seltzer, The Omen (London: Futura Books, 1976). 8. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. 80. 9. Hans Magnus Enzensberger, "Back in the USSR," New Statesman and Society 10 November 1989, p. 29. < previous page page_24 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 2:53:37 PM next page > page_25 < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 The Postmodern Weltanschauung and its Relation to Modernism: An Introductory Survey Hans Bertens 0.
The Term ''Postmodern" from 1934 to 1964 The earliest uses of the term are traded by Michael Köhler, in the article already mentioned (Köhler 1977). He discusses Frederico de Oníz' "postmodernismo" (1934), Dudley Fitts's "post-Modern" (1942) and Arnold Toynbee's "PostModern" (1947). Köhler's discussion makes clear that these early manifestations of the term are not relevant to my purposes and I will pay no further attention to them. He then goes on to discuss Charles Olson, who repeatedly used the term, without, however, ever arriving at a clear definition: "Als Lyriker und Essayisten scheint es Olson vor allem auf die Suggestivät des Wortes angekommen zu sein.
It was the treatment of the first kind of doubt as a temporary nuisance, as an irritant with a limited life-expectancy, sooner or later to be dead and buried, that was another distinctive mark of modern mentality. It was an axiom of that mentality that if there were one thousand potential items of knowledge as yet undisclosed, discovering one of them would leave but nine hundred and ninety-nine in the pool. The abandoning of that axiom marks the passage of modernity into its postmodern stage. Modernity reaches that new stage when it is able to face up to the fact that the growth of knowledge expands the field of ignorance, that with each step towards the horizon new unknown lands appear, and that, to put it most generally, acquisition of knowledge cannot express itself in any other form but awareness of more ignorance.
A Postmodern Reader by Joseph P. Natoli