Schlagwort-Archiv: Moderne


Once our bodies were used to make things – to build dams and stone walls, plough fields, paint frescoes, scrub clothes, gather the needs of daily life. Now those who work with their bodies many hours a day are a class apart. Millions of us work only with our fingers on keyboards. We admire the sportsperson or team for their physical skills; we may garden, walk, dance and swim for pleasure and health, but we are exceptional if we do not have to make an effort to ‘use’ our bodies.

Susie Orbach: Bodies (2019)


The body is turning from being the means of production to the production itself.


The fact that we can transform the body makes it a site of dissatisfaction which can be overcome.

Susie Orbach: Bodies (2009)


Modern life should depend more on the weather, not less.


So there you have it. Science, in all its branches, is our most sophisticated and objective means to investigate reality. And at the same time, scientists – many of them – cultivate this stance of ironic detachment from reality, afraid of making claims about how we should lead our lives. Science is the most conspicuous product of modernism, while the common attitude among scientists is more aptly described as postmodern.

Jan van Eijck: Reality

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