LANGUAGE, TRUTH AND LOGIC: DATES AND ISMS

AS CULTURAL INDICATORS FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALISM

 

Postmodernism has been the buzzword in academics from the 1980’s. We encounter the uniqueness of our times where computerization, global economics and media, education and multiculturalism have irrevocably transformed all forms of social engagement. Postmodernism is far from re-upholstered neo-conservatism. The new posture is not so much positional as it is linguistic. Pictures (visibility) have replaced the written word (audibility). In our new academic citadel we must have a new lexicon because plainly expressed language is out of the question. It is too realistic, modernistic and obvious. Postmodern language requires that we use stories, plays, parody and indeterminacy as critical techniques in “pop” communication (“Postmodern speak” is concerned with cultural biases that effect our understanding of the postmodern global village). Postmodern speak changes “views” to “voices,” or “vocalities,” or multivocalities. Add an adjective like “intertextual” and you are covered. People outside are now “post colonial others.” Male centeredness, phallogocentrism, combined with rationalistic forms of binar logic, which can “mediate our identities.” “We should listen to intertextual, multivocalities of postcolonial others outside of Western culture if we are to learn about the phallogocentric biases that mediate our identities.” Now you are talking postmodern, cultural and epistemological relativism. So no one should ask “Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All?” You must always give the questioner the impression that you have missed the point, so they can send another verbose salvo of postmodern speak in your direction as a simplification and clarification of the original statement. The postmodern lexicon emphasizes prefixes (phonemes) --post, hyper, pre, de, dis, isms, itis, endings, iality, ation, itivity, tricity,

These linguistic signals reveal impressive adjectives or schools of thought, egs., Barthes (Barthesian), Foucault (Foucauldianism, Foucauldianism), Derrida (Derridean, Derrideanism) Rationalism, Idealism, Materialism, Naturalism, Pantheism, Secularism, Scepticism, Agnosticism, Historicism, Federalism, Fundamentalism, Conservatism, Evangelicalism, Modernism, Socialism, Nazism, Pluralism, Afrocentrism, Genderism, Eurocentricism, Nonjudgmentalism, Logocentricism, Platonism, Aristotelianism, Cartesianism, Lockianism, Humeism, Kantianism, Hegelianism, Darwinianism, Existentialism, Pietism, . Consumerism, Globalism, Campbelleism, Eastern Pantheism, Methodism, Lutheranism, Roman Catholicism.

 

James Strauss, Professor Emeritus

Lincoln Christian Seminary

Lincoln, IL 62656