Re: [-empyre-] forward from Christiane Paul: Is Modernity our Antiquity? - introductory comments

Hi Empyre,

I just want to throw something into the pot here. Something that I think sort of turns things around and twists them up a bit (which is always fun). The first thing that came to my mind when I read the question, was the so-called "Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns" and whether we are perhaps going through a similar situation but without the quarrel. The question then becomes, did Modernity reach such cultural heights that we constantly strive to equal their achievements (without ever doing so) or do our contemporary achievements already surpass the achievements of Modernity because we know things that they didn't? In other words, are we nearing a potential "Quarrel of the Moderns and the Post-post-moderns/ Hypermoderns/Contemporary-moderns/whateveryoucallit"? In other other words, are the achievements of contemporary culture more significant than the achievements of Modernity?

Pall Thayer

Pall Thayer

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