Tag: Jean-François Lyotard

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #129: Ghostbusters

General Introduction – Getting on up there – In almost-Spring Break – Grubbsy’s back! – Listener feedback – Terence Malick – Where to start with Updike – Christian high schools and Christian colleges The Ghostbusters as Academics – Different from one another – Venkman, the academic tick – Spengler and Stantz, the true believers –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #126.1: Postmodernism 101

General Introduction – Snowpocalypse, Round Two – Sprezzatura, sprezzatura – Listener feedback – American folk The Postmodern Condition – The age of networked computers – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Speculation and emancipation – What counts as knowledge(s)? – Description or prescription Foucault – Structuralism begets poststructuralism – Power manifesting itself in society – Pessimistic description…

Revisiting the Postmodern: Some Thoughts on Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition

Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge I honestly don’t know how often I had heard the term “postmodern” before 1996, but it was on a visit back to Indiana, after a year in Tennessee at Milligan College, that I remember first encountering it.  An old comrade from my drum-line days (we were…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #118: Metamodernism

General Introduction – Listener feedback – We talk about Mike Tyson for awhile What Is Postmodernism? – Modernism without the anxiety – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Playfulness and literary production – Local subjective truths – Ontology, not epistemology – Historicism in biblical studies – Postmodernist architecture – Whose metamodernism? – Smiling nihilism Postmodern Irony –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #108: Generations

General Introduction – We’re back—at least some of us are – Introducing Danny Anderson – The Christian Humanist Empire expands – Listener feedback The Generation Gap – The history of teenagers – The widening of the gap – Earlier generation gaps – Technological speed – Marketing and separate worlds – The ‘20s and the ‘60s…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #91: Dystopias

General Introduction – Being-towards-the-end-of-semester – Emmanuels far and near – Thanks, Theology Nerd Throwdown! – Chess update What is a Dystopia? – Topos – Utopias and dystopias – The great temptation – Distinctions Premodern Dystopias – No, not really – Pre-dystopian Thebes – Gods and ideologies – The role of technology – The Persia of…