Definitions for "Modernism"
A philosophical school which views modernization (essentially westernization) as a type of universal social solvent that will transform all societies it contacts into something resembling a modern western society. Based on the assumption that western forms of thinking, social organization, and personality development are inherently superior.
Theory and practice in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, which holds that each new generation must build on past styles in new ways or break with the past in order to make the next major historical contribution. Characterized by idealism; seen as "high art," as differentiated from popular art. In painting, most clearly seen in the work of the Post-Impressionists, beginning in 1885; in architecture, most evident in the work of Bauhaus and International Style architects, beginning about 1920.
A literary movement that reached its peak in the 1920s, modernism developed in two rather different strands. American modernism, as practiced by Williams and Hughes, is characterized by an interest in portraying ordinary subject matter in concrete, vernacular language. Modernist poetry written in Europe, as characterized by Eliot, tends to be highly allusive. The poems are nonlinear and often refer to the modern condition, particularly the city, in a deeply critical manner. This strand of modernism tends to use a disembodied voice and a collage-like method.
Certain methods and tendencies which, in Biblical questions, apologetics, and the theory of dogma, in the endeavor to reconcile the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church with the conclusions of modern science, replace the authority of the church by purely subjective criteria; -- so called officially by Pope Pius X.
The humanistic tendency in religious thought to supplement old theological creeds and dogmas by new scientific and philosophical learning and thus to place emphasis on practical ethics and world-wide social justice: distinguished from fundamentalism
an ill-defined and shadowy theological movement in the 20th century claimed to distort doctrine by examining it using modern philosophy and science.
The process by which a decadent people and ideas constantly change the psyche of the world into constantly newer things and means of thinking until society is completely destroyed because it does not have anything concrete or lasting. They are alight with novelty and vanity.
the optimistic view that human reason and science are sufficient to understand the world and solve its problems.
the quality of being current or of the present; "a shopping mall would instill a spirit of modernity into this village"
Also referred to as "Mod." Excluding the stories and voices of the dominated by ignoring anything that does not fit the progress myth which institutionalizes privilege and marginalization.
Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
practices typical of contemporary life or thought