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The Post-Modern

19% Ancient, 6% Medieval, 31% Modern and 44% Post-Modern!

Congratulations! You are: a Post-Modern!

Congratulations! Unlike everyone else, you Post-Moderns were born in the right era. You can even influence the further development of Post-Modernism! Post-Moderns like you are bowed down by the weight of all the writers and thinkers who have existed before them; but, rather than respecting the authority of the past, as a Medieval thinker might do, a Post-Modern thinker is more likely to reject or reinterpret everything which came before him. While the Moderns ridiculed religion, Post-Moderns ridicule religion and atheism alike. The parody is _the_ classic Post-Modern art form.

Post-Modern thinkers tend to cast every commonly received notion into doubt. The naive, common-sense interpretation of things is shocked when Post-Modernism declares, for instance, that perfect translation is theoretically impossible, or that the connection between a word and its meaning is merely illusory. The distinction between meaning and meaninglessness is blurred--see the poetry of  e.e. cummings or the works of Joyce for an example of the Post-Modern disregard for the orthodox English sentence.

Moreover, Post-Moderns like Freud and Nietzsche, with their psychological insight, cast into doubt the freedom of the human will, and helped to blur the lines previous eras might have drawn between a good person and a bad one, between a madman and a sane one.

Some post-modern philosophers: Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, Freud, Benjamin, Hegel, Kierkegaard

Some post-modern artists: Joyce, Henry James, Proust, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Faulkner, Woolf, Samuel Beckett

Typical post-modern art forms: the non-traditional novel, black comedy, jazz, film, photography, the music video, the psychological case study, the parody

Their Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

  • Ancient Distribution

    They scored 19% on Ancient, higher than 31% of your peers.

  • Medieval Distribution

    They scored 6% on Medieval, higher than 20% of your peers.

  • Modern Distribution

    They scored 31% on Modern, higher than 42% of your peers.

  • Post-Modern Distribution

    They scored 44% on Post-Modern, higher than 89% of your peers.

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The Post-Modern

Congratulations! You are: a Post-Modern! Congratulations! Unlike everyone else, you Post-Moderns were born in the right era. You can even influence the further development of Post-Modernism!... Read more

The Modern

Congratulations! You are: a Modern! (Keep in mind, by Modern, I mean the era which began around the 17th century and ended in the 20th century.) Throughout the Modern era, philosopher... Read more

The Ancient

Congratulations! You are: an Ancient! Ancient philosophers share an unabashed elitism. Although the Greeks are considered to have invented democracy, they would have laughed to scorn many of... Read more

The Medieval

Congratulations! You are: a Medieval! Medieval philosophy is probably more pessimistic than any other. One really gets the sense that medieval thinkers lived in a cold, dark, unreliable worl... Read more

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