1. Gadamer’s Long Twentieth Century 11
11 1. Gadamer’s Long Twentieth Century It is a well known fact that great part of contemporary culture has been characterized by strong feelings of uneasiness, uncertainty and lack of orientation. Apropos of this situation, some thinkers have spoken of a sort of malaise of modernity, i.e. of “features of our contemporary culture and society that people experience as a loss or a decline, even as our civilization ‘develops’”1. A loss or decline that “people feel […] has occurred during the last years or decades”, or – according to others – “over a much longer historical period”: for example, “the whole modern era from the seventeenth century is frequently seen as the time frame of the decline”2. Hence, it has been noticed that “in the twentieth century”, while on the one hand “the process of modernization expand[ed] to take in virtually the whole world”, on the other, it shattered into “a multitude of fragments”3. As a result, “the idea of modernity [lost] much of its vividness, resonance and depth”, as well as “its capacity to organize and give meaning to people’s lives”, so that “we find ourselves today in the midst of a modern age that has lost touch with the roots of its own modernity”4. On this basis, I think we could say that the whole twentieth century, as well as the first decades of the twenty-first, has been characterized to a wide extent by the general idea or feeling that we are witnessing a particularly critical...
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