In this eloquent guide to the meanings of the postmodern era, Albert Borgmann charts the options before us as we seek alternatives to the joyless and artificial culture of consumption. Borgmann connects the fundamental ideas driving his understanding of society's ills to every sphere of contemporary social life, and goes beyond the language of postmodern discourse to offer a powerfully articulated vision of what this new era, at its best, has in store.
"[This] thoughtful book is the first remotely realistic map out of the post modern labyrinth."—Joseph Coates, The Chicago Tribune
"Rather astoundingly large-minded vision of the nature of humanity, civilization and science."—Kirkus Reviews
A guide for the un-hip to the bewildering tangle of new critical theories applied to society, literature, and whatnot. In old fashioned, non-jargon terms, Borgmann (philosophy, U. of Montana) explains the basic principles of modernism, postmodernism, and hypermodernism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)