A Postmodern Reader by Joseph P. Natoli

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Both modes of doubt have been around as long as science itself. Their copresence was one < previous page page_16 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 2:53:36 PM next page > page_17 < previous page page_17 next page > Page 17 of the constitutive features of that modern culture which prodded modernity on its road to post modernity. ) literary form in the two works of fantasyboth huge boxoffice successes in their novelistic as well as their cinematic renditions. 7 They may well serve us as parables for the two doubts that silently yet unflaggingly sapped, and in the end toppled modern self-confidence.

No one else had ever had a clue: Once told, their story would make as much senseno more and no lessof terrorism, senseless killings, hostilities without a cause, civil wars, mass murders, crazy despots, as all the stories that officially guaranteed their rationality. The problem, however, was that this other, apocryphal story has been never told; not in public, that is. Those who saw things told by this story as they happened, all perished; the only surviving witness, Thorn himself, wasnaturallyconfined to a lunatic asylum.

18 (1989), pp. 291-322. Other quotations from Heller that follow come from the same source. 2. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 86. 3. Quoted after Martin Heidegger, What is Called Thinking, trans. F. D. Wieck and J. G. Gray (New York: Harper & Row, 1968), p. 53. Cf. also Shoshana Felman, Writing and Madness, trans. Martha Noel Evans and author (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985), p. 62. 4. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p.

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