From Modernity to Postmodernity: A Historical Discourse on Western Civilization

International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 2, No. 11, p. 249, June 2011

8 Pages Posted: 29 May 2011 Last revised: 6 Jun 2011

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Naveed Yazdani

University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan

Hasan Sohaib Murad

University of Management and Technology

Dr. Rana Zamin Abbas

University of Management & Technology (UMT), Lahore, Pakistan

Date Written: May 27, 2011

Abstract

This paper traces the historical discourse of Western Civilization from the period of Modernity to Postmodernity. Major political, social, moral, and scientific shifts occurred in the Western Civilization during Modernity because of the maturation of underpinning utilitarian and materialistic ethics. Postmodernity is a critique on the ideologies of modernity. The identifiable difference between the two lies in the nature of discourse. The discourse of modernity rests on the transcendent criteria such as ‘progress’ and ‘reason’. Postmodern discourse, on the other hand, analyzes social life in terms of paradox and indeterminacy and rejects all metanarratives and overarching guiding principles, religion, science, objectivity, rationality and the notion of truth. Yet the two are closely related and complement each other by sharing a deep commitment and affinity to empiricism, concrete forms and reductionism.

Keywords: Modernity, Western civilization, Historical discourse, Postmodernity, Religion

JEL Classification: B15, B25, B31

Suggested Citation

Yazdani, Naveed and Murad, Hasan Sohaib and Zamin Abbas, Dr. Rana, From Modernity to Postmodernity: A Historical Discourse on Western Civilization (May 27, 2011). International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 2, No. 11, p. 249, June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1854445

Naveed Yazdani

University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan ( email )

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Pakistan

Hasan Sohaib Murad

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