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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Also, there is an ever-present subtext of appeal to motive throughout the whole book.

These truths are the ‘light’ and skepticisn where they are absent is the ‘darkness’. Because God ordered him to. The book is technical but comprehensible by anyone that has heard about postmodernism and wants to know more about it knowing on the outset that the author doesn’t support it.

For example, Karl Popper was a strong defender of scientific method, but gets labelled as a postmodernist because he acknowledged that evidence was theory-laden. This author makes no attempt at hiding his monumental contempt towards the intellectual and moral failures of its subject. The book came out in but it feels far more relevant today. The vital core of his interpretation is that Kant denied that we know reality.

Science is the connection between logic and physical evidence. Consider the following pairs of claims.

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The unfortunate rise of reason drove humans from their simple, primitive life. Hicks also mentions another group of “familiar and often infamous names” that aids the vanguard.

So, any idea of knowing the ‘objective reality’ therefore must be dismissed. When Foucault foresees “the end of man,” he does not mean that all human beings will soon face extermination.


Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

The left denies that reason, truth and logic are existential values. But these days all the real postmodernists are on the right. However, it does raise the legitimate concern that we must be careful about what our senses tell us. There will always be lots of blood. Socialism had always been the product of reason and logic, starting from the idea that the Marxist revolution would inevitably follow in every capitalist society and ending with the illusion that foucailt technocrats could engineer their nations into workers’ paradises.

As befits a good philosopher, Hicks tells us exactly what he means by postmodernism: Jonathan Foucaut – postmoedrnism Stanford University Press. Hicks finds plausible two explanations of the contradiction. You need to choose which twin to follow and in that regard Hicks speaks well when he states postmodernism is nihilistic.

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

Stephen Hicks has done us a great service here. Request removal from index. 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One of the most important books I’ve read. 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 clearly written prose that doesn’t waste your time or attempt to impress you with the superficial.


If the right follows suit, those of us who actually care about western culture will find ourselves in a very bad place.

I understood this before I read this book but what I didn’t know, and that Hick’s points out, is that many of the philosophers of the enlightenment still had deep religious convictions and faith of the Christian kind and they all realized the threat reason posed on their faith but more importantly they became aware of this abyss called nihilism.

It will have you thinking long after you’ve put it down. I believe in feminism and gay marriage. If I could I would give this book a 4. Tracing postmodernism from its roots in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant to their development in thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Richard Rorty, philosopher Postmodenism Hicks provides a provocative account of why postmodernism has been the most explainihg intellectual movement of the late 20th century. As someone convinced more than ever of how pernicious postmodern thought is, that scares the hell out of me.

I think our author is postmdoernism issues that are not compatible with his own belief system.

Postmodernism is therefore first a political movement, and a brand of roussdau that has only lately come to relativism. No trivia or quizzes yet. Hicks has here read Foucault uncharitably.