Fredric Jameson's four maxims of Modernity (2002) -
- We cannot not periodize.
- Modernity is not a concept, philosophical or otherwise, but a narrative category.
- The narrative of modernity cannot be organized around categories of subjectivity; consciousness and subjectivity are unrepresentable; only situations of modernity can be narrated.
- No 'theory' of modernity makes sense today unless it is able to come to terms with the hypothesis of a postmodern break with the modern.
Jameson, Fredric. A Singular Modernity. Essay on the Ontology of the Present. London: Verso, 2002.