Directed Writing Assignment Two
"This sentence serves no logical purpose."
Postmodernism is part of the world we live in. The statement "This sentence serves no logical purpose" is a postmodern thought. The sentence illustrates postmodernism because the statement is illogical, and logical thought has no place in postmodernism. Logical thought is based in modernism and leads to reasoning and therefore science. Not only is this an illogical statement, it questions its own existence and therefore its own truth. The questioning of truth is another characteristic of postmodern thought. In postmodern thought the thinker has the ability to decide what truth is for them. This author thinks that "This sentence serves no purpose" is postmodern because it is only true on an individual basis which goes back to the fact that postmodern truth is based on what an individual thinks is true. Another reason that the sentence fits into postmodern thought is that in modernism, language must be rational. Since this statement has no purpose and is therefore irrational it cannot be part of modernism. The conclusion that the statement is irrational then leads a person to say that the statement must be part of postmodernism.
Jacques Derrida was one of the most well known postmodern thinkers. According to Derrida, postmodernism is about deconstruction. If this is true, which in postmodern thought depends on the individual, then the statement is part of postmodernism because it deconstructs itself. In addition to the reason just presented as well as others, this statement says that it has no reason for being. That is a postmodern thought because reasoning is part of modernism not of postmodernism. An additional reason for "This sentence serves no logical purpose" being an illustration for postmodernism is that it seems to be a random statement, and postmodernism puts an emphasis on the random seeming. Since modernism is based on the ability of science to prove that a statement is true, a person must assume that postmodernism says that a statement does not have to be proved true by science. So a person must eventually come to the conclusion that since science cannot prove this statement true then the statement must be a postmodern statement.
Postmodernism puts emphasis on subjectivity. Subjectivity is when truth applies to each individual person. With this being the case more and more people are questioning the truth of modernism which is based in science. This is a sign of a dying modernistic society. Part of the reason that this modernistic society is dying is its failure to provide a sufficient basis for acting morally in a civilized society. A more purposeful reason for the statement to be part of postmodernism is that the statement is not functional. Functionality, or purposefulness, is a part of modernism. So since the statement itself denies its own "purposefulness" then the sentence must be a part of postmodern thought and philosophy.
Since the question is whether or not the statement, "This sentence serves no logical purpose," is postmodern or not, this author can simply, because of what postmodernism is, say that the statement is postmodern. Postmodernism puts an emphasis on skepticism of truth, especially of the meta-narrative of a society. Postmodernism also emphasizes attention to the other. This means that postmodernism stresses looking out for other people around the world, especially those people who are the marginalized.
This author believes that the sentence, "This sentence serves no purpose," must be a postmodern thought. He believes this because using modern thought to figure out why the author would write a 750- 1000 word assignment leads to the conclusion that there is no reasoning behind the assignment. A person can and must come to this conclusion because in modern thought reason is the basis for all knowledge. Since this sentence seems to have no reasoning it cannot be part of the modern thought process and must therefore be classified as a postmodern thought. Since this author is writing about a postmodern sentence, it would be illogical to use modern thought to try and rationalize his or her actions. After just saying this one must realize that the author just used postmodern thought, which uses the irrational, to explain why he or she would not try to use a modern thought process. One final reason for not trying to use modern thought, which therefore lends to the fact that the sentence must be postmodern, is the fact that modernism uses science to produce knowledge and truth. Since the author has already discussed the fact that there is no possible way for science to prove the validity of the statement, "This sentence serves no logical purpose," must be considered postmodern. With that final conclusion, one must ultimately conclude that this paper then serves no purpose. So we are back to the ultimate of why did the author write this paper?