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A Society Of Culture: The Constitution Of Modernity

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The connection between reason and imagination, on the one hand, and modernity as culture, on the other, may be too intimate to be captured solely in the causal terms of impact and influence. The opposition between reason and imagination is itself the product of cultural modernity, and at the same time, it is what confers upon this culture the character making it modern. "Modernus," "modern," means simply what is just now, the contemporary, as opposed to the "antiques," to the bygone, the passed away. Modernism and postmodernism have brought forth cultural processes which seem to undermine the very conditions and criteria through which the conception of a "high culture" could and had been articulated in modernity. High-cultural practices are certainly autonomous and not only in the sociological sense of taking place as specialized professional activities within the framework of some functionally differentiated network of institutions.

Keywords: culture; modernity



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