"philosophy has for too long claimed a privileged position in the search for such truths as a basis for deciding what we should or should not believe. we do not need such a world in order to decide what or what not to believe. instead, we decide to believe not because it corresponds to the reality of the world, but because they make sense to use and help us act. we change our beliefs not because we have been given a new or privileged view of the world, but because new beliefs make more sense of it or resolve inconsistencies. what does vary and where we should focus our attention is the language we use to describe experiences" :: p. allmendinger, planning in postmodern times.
now from f. jameson's postmodernism or, the cultural logic of late capitalism :: "if modernization is something that happens to the base, and modernism the form the superstructure takes in reaction to the ambivalent development, then perhaps modernity characterizes the attempt to make something coherent out of their relationship. modernity would then in that case describe the way 'modern' people feel about themselves; the world would seem to have something to do not with products but with the producers and the consumers, and how they feel either producing the products or living with them"