Post-modernity: Revenge by “the Accursed Side of Modernity”

Revenge by “the Accursed Side of Modernity”

Martyanov V.S.,

Dr. Sci. (Polit. Sci.), Director, Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg, Russia,

elibrary_id: 223692 | ORCID: 0000-0002-7747-0022 | RESEARCHER_ID: B-7797-2018

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2005.02.14

For citation:

Martyanov V.S. Post-modernity: Revenge by “the Accursed Side of Modernity” . – Polis. Political Studies. 2005. No. 2. P. 147-157. (In Russ.).


According to the author’s theoretical presumption, “the first world”, i.e. the Western civilization, has entirely realized the political project of Modernity. But the realization of the project has at the same time proved to be its exhaustion. Moreover, the neoliberal globalization has revealed Modernity’s historical-civilizational limitariness due to the unique nature of “the West”. The actual transformation of programmatic parties and social groups demonstrates that fundamental political objectives now cannot any more be found in, nor, correspondingly, borrowed from, the profaned “great ideologies”. Under the conditions of the total modernist project’s disintegration, it is in “the accursed side of Modernity”, appearing as post-modernist theory, that material for political Utopia is beginning to be drawn. But, being the reverse side of Modernity, Post-modernity just reverses the dualism of the binary codes that modernist political thought used to operate with, so that pathology and norm just switch places. Proceeding from these considerations, the author concludes that Post-modernity cannot be regarded as real alternative to Modernity, for, being unable to affirm the universal, the total, it does not produce its own Utopia (objectives, values, ideals) and does not call into being a new political subject.

Content No. 2, 2005

See also:

Peregudov S.P.,
Transnational Corporations on the Way to Corporate Citizenship. – Polis. Political Studies. 2004. No3

Fyodorov K.G.,
The Policy in the Sphere of Local Taxation in Russia. – Polis. Political Studies. 2003. No4

Peregudov S.P.,
Corporate Capital and Power Institutions: Who Plays the Master?. – Polis. Political Studies. 2002. No5

Kazantzev A.A.,
Intelligentsia and Structural Innovations in Political Expanse (An Essay of Comparative Analysis). – Polis. Political Studies. 2007. No1

Sergeev V.M.,
How Are Social Changes Possible? (Prolegomena to a Statistical Theory of Social Networks). – Polis. Political Studies. 2001. No6



Introducing an article

Polis. Political Studies
2 2012

Lurie S.V., Kazaryan L.G.
World politics and its prognostic indicators

 The article text


   2024      2023      2022      2021   
   2020      2019      2018      2017      2016   
   2015      2014      2013      2012      2011   
   2010      2009      2008      2007      2006   
   2005      2004      2003      2002      2001   
   2000      1999      1998      1997      1996   
   1995      1994      1993      1992      1991