“incredulity toward metanarratives” ? – Jean-Francois Lyotard This essay says NOT.
the “age of indeterminacy” ? – Ihab Hassan It’s not so keen on this either…SOME things are random, but maybe not as many as we think.
characterized by “indisciplinarity, working outside of the parameters of one’s own body or field of knowledge” ? – Charles Jencks
“Wittgenstein, a modern precursor to many postmodern philosophers, is creating a space for incredulity, not of Napoleon, but of the very existence of the earth. In mathematical terms (set theory), Wittgenstein in suggesting that in order to call into question one member of a set (Napoleon), one must question the entire set (the earth itself or history). According to this, for Lyotard to maintain his incredulity of science, he would have to be incredulous, not just of such notions as Grand Unifying Theories, but also of such basics as Isaac Newton’s Law of Gravity and Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. So, either Lyotard’s postmodern exists as incredulous of all science, or it posits science above the level of master narrative, as a kind of ueber-narrative, towards which one does not have to maintain the same kind of incredulity.”
“this overriding of our first impulses — the visual, in Plato’s example — that is necessary for science to maintain some degree of objectivity. ”
“language/theory precedes “reality” (discovery)….having the theory precede the discovery is not truly postmodern, considering that Neptune was first “discovered” mathematically in 1845″
“It appears that the “belief” in quantum mechanics requires the suspension of “common sense.” We postmodernists are placed in a paradoxical position over this; in order to validate Feynman’s postulation, we must acknowledge that it represents the absurd over common sense in order to maintain the integrity of the master narrative — quantum theory. To paraphrase: incredulity of the narrative (observations of light) is required to maintain the credulity of the metanarrative (quantum mechanics). ”
“if we are to insist on locating incredulity, it would not be at the metanarrative level, but would have to be at the narrative level. Incompleteness is an important idea in postmodern thought because it suggests a lack of totality, but G