Postmodern American Sociology maintains that postmodernism is an aesthetic challenge to the modern radical enough to uproot fundamental assumptions of the modern. The book views the modern, the postmodern and the relationship between the two in terms of the three paradigms of knowledge: science, morality and aesthetics. According to author Jongryul Choi, postmodernism maintains that ontology, epistemology and ethics/politics in the postmodern era have been aestheticized.
Choi suggests modernism emerged during the Enlightenment when science was elevated to the highest form of knowledge and became the appropriate determinant of how people should live. Sociology developed under the authority of sciece; sociologists' recommendations were beyond dispute because they were based on facts, not values. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. Graduate students/faculty. -- Y. R. Magrass, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * CHOICE *