By Joseph P. Natoli
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It is in their plurality, and not in the "survival of the fittest" (that is, the extinction of the less fit) that the hope now resides. " 8 All too often taking care of truth and goodness resulted in the loss of political freedom. Not much truth and goodness has been gained either. Unlike science and political ideology, freedom promises no certainty and no guarantee of anything. It causes therefore a lot of mental pain. " As Hans Magnus Enzensberger recently remarked, "you can't have a nice democracy .
Modernity could dismiss its own uncertainty as a temporary affliction. Each uncertainty came complete with the recipe for curing it: just one more problem, and problems were defined by their solutions. ) The passage from uncertainty to certainty, from ambivalence to transparency seemed to be a matter of time, of resolve, of resources, of knowledge. It is an entirely different matter to live with the postmodern awareness of no certain exit from uncertainty; of the escape from contingency being as contingent as the condition from which escape is sought.
Wasson traces this type of Postmodernism in four exemplary writers, Iris Murdoch, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Barth and < previous page page_35 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 2:53:39 PM next page > page_36 < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 Thomas Pynchon. What these writers have in common, despite their significant differences, is a deep mistrust of Modernist aesthetics. According to Wasson, these writers Ware skeptical of modernist notions of metaphor as a species of suprarational truth that unifies paradoxical opposites and modernist conceptions of myth which make it a principle of order for art and of discipline for the subjective self" (Wasson 1969, 460).
A Postmodern Reader by Joseph P. Natoli