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 expanded edition’s essay on developments in art is alone worth the price.

Contemporary postmodernists cite Foucault, Derrida, Rorty. Hicks presents a well researched history of the intellectual thought that brought us the Enlightenment, and provides an equally compelling and well informed history of what would become the anti-intellectual response to modernism’s Enlightenment: Because God ordered him to.

In medieval times, people predominantly believed in the supernaturalism, that man is wretched, and driven by faith, rat I took up this book because I see rojsseau word ‘postmodernism’ thrown postmodernidm a lot, without any clear understanding of what it is.

The book is structured with four chapters on intellectual history preceded by an introductory essay on the definition of Postmodernism, and followed by a concluding section that comments on the current state of affairs.

It would seem paradoxical for postmodernism to marry socialism: Do not think subjectthink experience ” pp. Michel Foucault in Continental Philosophy. But remember that the realm of reason is severely restricted to the sensesand don’t try to claim anything ‘absolute’ using your silly little reasons. postmidernism

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

Who advocates this assortment of strange views? Doing so requires the abandonment of reason and the adoption of child like and amateurish thinking that I think can only be summarized as anti-thinking.

But the view needs much more defense than Hicks gives it. Refrigeration alone completely transformed food for society. A fascinating thesis, with two surprising claims. This author makes no attempt at hiding his monumental contempt towards the intellectual and moral failures of its subject.


If not then you will probably write a review saying something like ‘no that is not what Derrida and Foucault meant’ but then you would have to use reason to prove your point which will be difficult and they will then instead resort to colorful language to express your resentment and ad hominom points. Just as the left was taken over by postmodernist thought following the ‘s, the right seems poised to do the same. Maybe he wrote them to sell his brand of enlightenment rational to the Puritans and Quakers or maybe he actually believed it – only God knows.

It may be a mystery why these abstractions are such powerful tools to help us understand physical reality. He argues that postmodernism emerged as a rhetorical strategy of committed socialists once the failure of socialism could no longer be ignored. As most people know, exposing everything to the light of reason brought many advances scientifically which positively affected the common man but this also had its own negative side affects, as well.

Hicks rightly calls attention to the influence of Rousseau on the Jacobins during the French Revolution, with all of its appalling destruction and massacres.

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

Find it on Scholar. Here in the second part of the book, the author traces back the political root of postmodernism. This might be one of the most important books for understanding our world today. 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. The book came out This might be one of the most important books for understanding our world today. If logic and mathematics are divorced from experiential reality, then the rules of logic and mathematics hardly say anything about that reality.

The survey of the roots of modern postmodernism in socialusm anti-enlightenment philosophies is very informative and well worth reading. The words do not even have to be true or consistent to do the necessary damage. For it is postmodernism’s driving purpose to bring weight and some form of credence to ideas and values that are fundamentally flawed, and that are incapable of being defended through established modes postmoderbism logic and reason.


Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault.

Nor can socialists comfort themselves by responding that Stalin and Mao were historical aberrations whose failings leave the socialist project unscathed. He is only a skeptic, though, with no real answers. Unfortunately, he stops short of offering solutions An essential book for understanding the extreme polarization we’re currently seeing in the West, with its quagmire of political correctness, bitter identity politics, censorship and de-platforming of speakers at universities, and the incredibly persistent zombie of a failed socialism that just won’t die.

Liberal folks who recognize the beauty and value in the traditional beliefs and work to synthesize them into arguments palatable to the hopefully post-post-modern mind. Kant, because he denies that the subject has Wissen of the ultimate nature of reality, is taken simply to deny that knowledge of reality is possible.

An anti-intellectual trend that I thought had merely existed for a few decades in fact has roots reaching back over a hundred years, sometimes coming from not so wild or radical sources. Jun 24, Jack Gardner rated it it was amazing Shelves: But as pages went by, I got hooked with the political dimension too. Though I have at times disagreed with Hicks, he has an excellent eye for essential issues and his views always repay careful consideration.

Goodpaster – – Business and Society Review 4: It seems if you are not completely with us, you are against us. Oct 28, Heba rated it really liked it. But let us assume his craft was flight-worthy. This book not only explains and diagnoses postmodernism, but also attempts to trace its ancestry.