Neo-Modernity: A Manifesto

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

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Shiping Tang

Fudan University - School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA)

Date Written: January 17, 2013


Neo-modernity is a new philosophical stand that transcends the modernism vs. post-modernism debate. Neo-modernity is a new meta-theory about the relationship between theories of knowledge and theories of society, underpinned by a social evolutionary approach toward human knowledge and society. Neo-modernity also embodies the spirit of “permanent critique” in the Foucauldian sense, underpinned by scientific/critical realism in the Popperian-Bhaskarian sense. The two aspects of neo-modernity sustain each other: The spirit of permanent critique requires scientific realism as its foundation, whereas scientific realism demands the spirit of permanent critique to uphold an open society that protects liberty and prompts progress.

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Tang, Shiping, Neo-Modernity: A Manifesto (January 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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