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Postmodernism refers to a wide range of eclectic thinking applied to art, architecture, fiction, literature, philosophy, and cultural and literary criticism, among other things. It is considered a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific or objective attempts to explain reality. As such, postmodernism conflicts with explanations that claim to be universally valid—that is, for all cultures, groups, traditions, and ethnicities—and instead focuses on the relative truths for each person.

Modernity has its roots in Latin from the phrase just now. The Postmodern, then, literally means “after just now,” or “after modernity.” It refers to the appearance or actual dissolution of those social forms associated with modernity. Postmodern is “post” because it denies the existence of any ultimate principles, and it lacks the optimism of there ...

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