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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This requires a combination of philosophy and psychology. Hicks doesn’t waste time or space or words, he explainnig you to understand fundamentally the doctrines and the contradictions and the failures and the shortcomings of one of the most prominent, but certainly not long relevant, intellectual trends to come about.

Ruf – – Paragon House. He argues that postmodernism emerged as a rhetorical strategy of committed socialists once the failure of socialism could no longer be ignored. Jul 20, Martina rated it did not like it.

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

Well, history has an uncomfortable way of not ending. It also provided a good amount of background from thinkers such as Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Kant, Nietzsche, and other authors who influenced 19th and 20th century thought.

Postmodernism is filled with superstition and it’s explicitly anti-science, anti-reason, and anti-logic. Kant held that Abraham should postmoddrnism realized that since God is good, no instructions to kill his innocent son could have come from God.

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Hicks provided a handy chart to show the 3 major tenants of socialism now: Read it and then convince others to do likewise. On one point, Hicks seems to me not only disputable but altogether mistaken. Rather than change their views, many devoted socialists chose t Why did an anti-enlightenment, anti-reason movement called “postmodernism” develop in the mid 20th century? 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.


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.

The author analyzes the views of specific philosophers who provided the ideas that led to contemporary postmodern thinkers; including brief summaries of the views of each.

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. It explains what Postmodernism is from a philosophic perspective and why there is so much intolerance among third wave feminists and those trends invaded by postmodernism. But let us assume his craft was flight-worthy. Honi Fern Haber – – Routledge.

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

So, weirdly, according to Hicks, postmodernism’s long lost cousin, in a way, is Christian doctrine. What is then, postmodernism?

The informed individual is capable of making explainihg decisions.

Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Both of these nihilistic philosophies tried to eradicate any reasonable irrationality and both brought unprecedented suffering and spilled blood like never before in the history of the world. This tradition continued in the 20th century when the catastrophe of socialism became too great to ignore, the post-modernism picked up the counter-enlightenment tradition and waged a war on the very tools needed to perceive the catastrophe — logic, reason, truth, language.


The best part of the book was the chapter titled “Socialism in Crisis”, which simply show how the collectivists tried to reinvent socialism constantly to address its failing but it always fails. Quotes from Explaining Postmo Kierargaard realized this and pointed it out.

Adn book came out This might be one of the most important books for understanding our world today. The unfortunate thing is that their contempories, the so called ‘New Atheists’ sound a lot skepitcism the postmodernists. Obviously, we are not equal. I never stayed up till 3am for a philosophy book before. What place is there for free will and passion, spontaneity and creativity if the world is governed by mechanism and logic, causality and necessity?

He is clearly some kind of Objectivist.

Oh and for the love of christ on a crutch Dvorkin never said that. A Return to Aesthetics: The Problem of Perception There are a number of statements in this book that are worth considering in more detail than the author chooses to. He traces this back to the two philosophers Voltaire and Locke and how really reason itself took two paths.

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

Let us start at the beginning with the problem of perception.