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How does understanding postmodernism enhance your grasp of philosophy?

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Postmodernism is one of the most influential intellectual movements of the twentieth century. It affects many different disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities, in both Europe and the Anglosphere. For this reason, it is an essential component of many courses in the humanities.

The two major movements in philosophy in the twentieth century were analytic philosophy, which dominated British and North American philosophical journals and pedagogy, and postmodernism, which was prevalent in Europe. As postmodernism incorporated a radical critique of earlier philosophical schools, it is important not only as a movement in itself but also as one way of understanding the history of philosophy.

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