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Core definition

A historical period associated with the European Enlightenment (mid-eighteenth century) that captures the shift from traditional ‘Middle Age’ societies to contemporary societies that characterize an industrialized world.

Longer explanation

I think modernity is best characterized by the notion that ‘We've got it all figured out’ (as compared to postmodernity when ...

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