chapter  3
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Post-modern foundations

This chapter considers the ways in which post-modernity has set about deconstructing the modernist project. From a post-modern perspective the faith invested by modern philosophers in human nature is fundamentally misplaced, humanity having shown itself to be just as tyrannical as the despotic deity it seeks to displace. Paris in the spring of 1968 provided a fertile breeding ground for the avant-garde of post-modernism's intellectual elite: convinced of the moribund state of the project of modernity, clear about the need to deconstruct its hegemonic claim to power masquerading as knowledge strangely silent on the practical question of what to put in its place. No longer has a means of engaging with fundamental questions of meaning and truth, knowledge been transformed into just another commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Jean-Francois Lyotard wrote before the advent of the world wide web, which has since assumed a paradigmatic status within post-modern philosophy.