Postmodernism is a set of art movements that there is a definable and differentiable period after the modern; Postmodernity attempts to describe social and cultural changes of the second half of the 20th century. There is no uncontested short definition, a detailed description of the field is available in the article.
- Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives.
- Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979)
- There are signs, these days, that the cultural hegemony of postmodernism is weakening in the West. When even the developers tell an architect like Moshe Safdie that they are tired of it, then can philosophical thinking be far behind?
- David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), p. ix
- Simplifying a great deal, one could argue that postmodernist discourses appeal primarily to the winners in the processes of globalization and fundamentalist discourses to the losers.
- Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (2000), p. 150