May 29-June 8, 2001

Presentations by Richard E. Palmer

Postmodern Reading Suggestions

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A philosophically well grounded introduction to postmodernism. An excellent scholarly introduction to postmodern thinking, with emphasis on its relevance social theory.
Grenz, Stanley J. 
 A Primer on Postmodernism.
Best, Steven, and Douglas Kellner.   
Postmodern Theory
A professor of art goes into the history of artistic postmodernism. This book poses questions of politics and ethics in philosophically well-grounded ways that were not possible in late modern thought.
Ward, Glenn. 
Smith, Gregory B.   
Nietzsche Heidegger and the Transition to Postmodernity.
By a Canadian sociologist well grounded in philosophy here offers an insightful analysis postmodernity. This 1992 reader has selections by Giddens, Alan Wilde, Kant, Nietzsche, Foucault, Lyotard, Jameson, Habermas, Rorty, Baudrillard--a good collection!
Lyon, David. 
Postmodernity (second edition).
Waugh, Patricia. 
Postmodernism: A Reader.
Anderson, a history professor indebted to Jameson emphasizes the artists in the development of the postmodern. America's leading Marxist critic offers an encyclopedic survey of theory, architecture, film, video, and economics. Magisterial.
Anderson, Perry.  
The Origins of Postmodernism.
Jameson, Fredric.   Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.
Rosenau shows how postmodern thinking radiates across academic fields from psychology to political science to anthropology to sociology--a solid challenge! A powerful and compelling book on education and educational reform. "Should be read by all those interested in human survival," says David Purpel.
Rosenau, Pauline. 
Postmodernism and the Social Sciences.
O'Sullivan, Edmund.   Transformative Learning.
Calls for a reconstruction of nursing in the 21st century based on the principles of Nightingale. Directed to nurses. This book shows nurses how to approach research using postmodern and poststructuralist approaches.
Watson, Jean et al. 
Postmodern Nursing and beyond.
Cheek, Julianne.
Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches to Nursing Research.
This respected Cambridge professor offers a scholarly exploration of Europe's encounters with the New World from Renaissance to Romanticism. Rich in the history of ideas. Pagden here extends his earlier explorations by focusing on Spain, Britain, and France in the colonizing period. A valuable scholarly study.
Pagden, Anthony. 
European Encounters with the New World.
Pagden, Anthony.  
Lords of All the World.
This 1979 classic of postmodern theory puts forward the concept of two great modern metanarratives that have broken down. Basic to the study of postmodernism. This collection contains some fifteen essays from 1970-1991. A valuable scholarly volume with index, bibliography, introduction. Well translated.
Lyotard, Jean-François.  
The Postmodern Condition 
Lyotard, Jean-François.
Toward the Postmodern  
Lyotard here offers a collection of fifteen moral tales on and against aestheticization, asking how to live and why. He raises issues of ethics, justice, and aesthetics. This book explores the mechanistic, fragmented, and rigidly top-down styles of management in modernity, suggesting essential that one treat worker as partners rather than servants.
Lyotard, Jean-François. 
Postmodern Fables.
Wallace, William.  
Postmodern Management.
Environmental ethics, when it confronts the excesses and arrogance of modernity becomes postmodern. An outstanding philosophical exploration. The respected literary critic and author of *Beginnings* explores the unconscious condescension of earlier scholars studying the Orient.
Wenz, Peter. 
Environmental Ethics Today.
Said, Edward. 
The delightful book by a professor of religious studies is deep and illuminating, shedding light on by Eastern and Western traditions. This lively and engaging "comic book" pictures and describes Hassan, Lyotard, Jameson, Baudrillard, postmodern art, poststructuralism, and "postmodern artifacts" in film and video. Fun!
Olson, Carl.
Zen and the Art of Postmodern Philosophy.
Powell, Jim. 
Postmodernism for Beginners.
The author of the 800-page synthesis of diverse fields of knowledge in *Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality* here puts everything together. One of the most powerful minds of our generation Foucault, a central figure in French postmodernism, discusses and explains, in a series of illuminating interviews, key themes in his writings. Truth is invisibly and ubiquitously shaped by power.
Wilber, Ken. 
A Theory of Everything.
Foucault, Michel. 
Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings.


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