The Age of the World Picture

Catherine Driscoll

in Modernist Cultural Studies

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034249
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038421 | DOI:
The Age of the World Picture

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This chapter focuses on a text in which the shape of cultural studies emerges in ways not usually attended to by readers and introductions. Martin Heidegger's essay “The Age of the World Picture,” published in 1938, will serve as a jumping off point for several lines of discussion about age, world, and picture. But another return to the relations between Enlightenment, modernity, and modernism is necessary first. Cultural studies is a quintessentially modernist discipline to the extent to which it remains a contested assemblage of methods, objects, and debates. This chapter discusses art, science, and morality as well as modernist architecture and the problem of modernism's relation to postmodernism. The concept of the world picture is also a starting point for thinking about the human or social sciences. This leads to Heidegger's well-known account of technology, in which he defines modern, as distinct from pre-modern, technology as shaping or managing nature rather than responding to it.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; cultural studies; age; world; picture; modernity; modernism; art; science; morality

Chapter.  9663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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