Stephen R. C. Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault: A Discussion. Steven M. Sanders. Bridgewater State. Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault Beyond Postmodern Politics: Lyotard, Rorty, Fern Haber. Book Title: Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Author: Stephen R. C. Hicks. Published: Tempe, Ariz.: Scholargy.

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Though I have at times disagreed with Hicks, he has an excellent eye for essential issues and his views always repay careful consideration.

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault by Stephen R.C. Hicks

He claims that “Foucault extends his desire for effacement to the entire human species. Kant hit a dead blow when he showed that objective reality must forever be close to us, to us creatures bound by our limited senses.

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They ought rationally to have abandoned their views, since their doctrine was fallacious in theory and disastrous in practice; but rationality is not a trait much in evidence among the socialistically inclined. Where other philosophy works will waste time and space and become bogged down in semantics and jargon and insider postmodetnism, this book cuts straight to the point with powerfully worded and cl By titling this book Explaining Postmodernism, Hicks is being overly gentle toward the postmodernist dogma, since his handling of the material warrants the more apt title of Exposing and Vanquishing Postmodernism.


Nevertheless, the book is not without its flaws. Toward Renewal in Cultural and Literary Studies.

This is the strategy: He offers no evidence that these neo-Kantian followers took the position he attributes to them. Quite the contrary, Kant denies reason access to the noumenal self: But skeptjcism is by the way. What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

Did not Quine write a famous essay, “Truth by Convention,” challenging the view here attributed to him? He is writing a polemic about an enormous subject that is designed to be accessible most readers, so I, at least, am willing to tolerate his seeming glibness. Science is the connection between logic and physical evidence. Do not think objectsHeidegger counsels, think fields.

The sacrifice just was not enough to pay the price of paradise. Hypocrisy is not a Bug. What water is there for us to clean ourselves? It’s riusseau a companion piece to Introduction to Objectivist EpistemologyHicks explained the rise of postmodernism through history and philosophy.

Ironically, Kant was attempting to carve out a safe space pun intended for religious faith. And this means I do not know how he managed to get that many rocks onto his magic epistemological carpet, and still less do I know how he got it to fly like that.

Explained the genesis and developments of postmodernist theory to philosophy-averse me. This new sort of thinking challenged standard logic and reasoning “as merely one superficial way of thinking—one that the Greeks had established fatefully for all subsequent Western thought” pp.


I took up this book because I see the word ‘postmodernism’ thrown around a lot, without any clear understanding of what it is.

Postmodernists are well aware of the contradictions—especially since their opponents relish pointing them out at every opportunity. These truths must be the foundations of any religion for that religion to have any validity. Lists with This Book. Hicks also mentions another group of “familiar and often infamous names” that aids the vanguard. It is an Essential Feature.

Aryeh Botwinick – – Temple University Press. Reading Stephen Hicks’ Explaining Postmodernism left me wondering whether some people haven’t become too smart for their own good, yet also reminded me of the adage that a smart person is not the same as a wise person. The book is structured with four chapters on intellectual history preceded by an introductory essay on the foucahlt of Postmodernism, and followed by a concluding section that comments on the current state of affairs.

For example, a perfect knowledge of the cells we are made of would not give us much insight into human beings. Postmodernism is therefore first a political movement, and a brand of politics that has only lately come to relativism. How can we undermine the faith of its believers?