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Has modernity failed?

Omer, Spahic (2019) Has modernity failed? IIUM Today.

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Abstract

Modernity is a universal term. It is at once a historical period, worldview and ideology. As such, it’s got much in common with modernism, which signifies the character or quality of being, thought, beliefs and ideas associated with modernity as an ongoing chapter in history. The two concepts are often used interchangeably. With its virtually global currency and endless ramifications, modernity was perhaps the most impactful phenomenon that has happened to mankind. To be modern, to live a modern lifestyle, and to get modernized - that is, to realize man’s instinctive and total wellbeing here and now - was on everyone’s lips. Ideas and experiences materialized and unfolded at all levels of existence: individually and collectively, unofficially and at the level of institutions. However, as the especially 19th and early 20th century modernity euphoria started to subside, it became increasingly clear that modernity was not what it initially was meant and expected to be. Modernity was envisaged to become a generator, as well as personification, of ultimate truth and freedom, leading, in turn, to the creation of new and significantly better societies. The whole world was expected to be made an exceptionally better and more promising place. At the core of this philosophy stood the belief in the perfectibility of humankind adorned with truth, equality, freedom and erudition.

Item Type: Article (Electronic Media)
Additional Information: 2202/73181
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modernity, the West, Nihilism, Hedonism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H10 Societies
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Omer Spahic
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 12:05
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 12:05
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73181

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