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By Frederick Luis Aldama

Is there lifestyles after postmodernism? Many declare that it sounded the loss of life knell for heritage, artwork, ideology, technology, in all probability all of Western philosophy, and definitely for the idea that of truth itself. Responding to crucial questions concerning no matter if the arts can stay politically and academically proper amid this twenty-first-century uncertainty, Why the arts Matter bargains a guided travel of the trendy , calling upon thinkers in quite a few disciplines to confirm crucial ideas akin to fact, goodness, and beauty.

Offering a lens of "new humanism," Frederick Aldama additionally presents a freeing exam of the present cultural repercussions of assertions via such innovative theorists as stated, Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida, in addition to Latin Americanists similar to Sommer and Mignolo. Emphasizing pedagogy and pop culture with equivalent verve, and writing in colloquial but multifaceted prose, Aldama offers an enlightening approach to discover what "culture" truly does—who generates it and the way it shapes our identities—and the function of academia in maintaining it.

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