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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The author suggests that their sociapism is based, in the words of Nietzsche, on the following motivation: Nothing, including art, is really of any ,everything is subjective and dependent on interpretations. On one account, “absolutist politics are primary, while the relativism is a rhetorical strategy that is used to advance that politics”; on the other, “both the relativism and the absolutism coexist in postmodernism, but the contradictions between them simply do not matter psychologically to those who hold them” p.

He argues that postmodernism emerged as a rhetorical strategy of committed socialists once the failure fouacult socialism could no longer be ignored.

In other words, to Hobbes the social contract was conventional, not natural. The right was invested – to various degrees – in the tenets of liberal democracy and the preservation of western civilization. This book is an excellent introduction to both the philosophical foundations of Postmodernism and the history of its battle with the Enlightenment outlook. Equating postmodernists with leftists and then claiming they ‘more often explaiing others’ who the fuck is others?

But then at last, he concluded that postmodernism can’t be refuted unless its historical premises can be refuted.

Was it not of the same motivation, though? Others call it religion. Books by Stephen R. For my money, it identifies a lot of what is wrong, or at the very least, inefficient and inadequate, with some of the popular ideas that has permeated throughout 21st century society.

It becomes clear pretty quickly that Hicks has little use for religion. Again, left and right are becoming more alike. Aryeh Botwinick – – Temple University Press. Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault Author: Roisseau is clearly some kind of Objectivist.

Thinkers such as Tocqueville, snd keen student of democracy, argued it couldn’t. With Trump the American right has made a major gamble that goes far beyond his temperament or roussaeu for the presidency. Find it on Scholar. If it were true, “then postmodernists would be adopting political positions across the spectrum, and that is simply not happening” p.


I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in quite some time. But let us assume his craft was flight-worthy. He condemns Kierke-gaard for his “panegyric to Abraham, a hero of the Hebrew Scriptures who in defiance of all reason and morality was willing to turn off his mind and kill his son Isaac. Toward Renewal in Cultural and Literary Studies. Kant held that Abraham should have realized that since God is good, no instructions to kill his innocent son could have come from God.

For those unfamiliar with the subject, postmodernism is the twentieth-century philosophical skeepticism, still dominant and pervasive in academia today and with tentacles reaching deeply ho our wider soci 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 implication is that logical or mathematical proofs cut no ice in adjudicating competing claims of fact. Postmodernism is filled with superstition and it’s explicitly anti-science, anti-reason, and anti-logic. But we also know that the father figures of twentieth century postmodernism are all far left. Goodpaster – – Business and Society Review 4: Also, you can get skeptkcism the book and audiobook free on his website!

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

This combination of reason and reasonable irrationality unleashed an incredible amount of good and human advancement. A very lucid and devastating criticque of contemporary postmodernism. But it is difficult fdom see how he would justify his stance on the ethical egoist view that I assume that he, as an Objectivist, adopts. While almost every postmodern argument is based on a false dichotomy, the Objectivists employ the same tactic.

He fro this not as a matter of hating religion and religious thought, though, as it is used most frequently today. Mises and Hayek demonstrated incontrovertibly that a socialist economy cannot work; to make matters worse, the attempt to establish such an economy makes likely the onset of a totalitarian order. That said, the author makes an excellent case for the origins and d An excellent overview of the historic roots of postmodernism Much of this book is spent in summarizing the philosophers who set the foundation for Marxism and post-modernism.


He rightly says that Kant denies that human beings grasp the noumenal world. While the conclusion that science cannot produce meaning is yet another false dichotomy, so is the implication that if the conclusion is false, the entire argument has no merit.

Nevertheless, the book is not without its flaws. Hick’s even goes as far to connect the two in the present day using the example of creationists wanting to ‘irrationally’ set up their theory as truth and silence all others not sure if this is totally fair with postmodern fuocault of not listening to any rational argument against it since reason itself is the source of the problem.

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

If the right follows suit, those of us who actually care about western culture will postmmodernism ourselves in a very bad place. Rather, he predicts the end of a certain conception of man—roughly, a conception based on a universal human nature. This book was a product of its time just another conservative polemic against the radicals in the English department. Who advocates this assortment of strange views? This explainin not only explains and diagnoses postmodernism, but also attempts to trace its ancestry.

Where other philosophy works will waste time and space and become bogged down in semantics and jargon and insider lingo, this book cuts straight to the point with powerfully worded and cl Socialosm 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.

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