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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See 1 question about Explaining Postmodernism…. On another matter, Hicks deserves great praise. Logic and mathematics on their own deal with abstractions.

As a hardcore Matrix fan, roussdau always appeals more to me than politics. Postmodernism is a mess of contradictions, but Hicks’ analysis makes sense of it.

If reason provides no access to reality, but is rather a mask for power, the critique of socialism is disabled. The king was executed some ten months before the queen, not in the same act. He draws attention to the malign influence of Rousseau, whom he terms a proponent of the Counter-Enlightenment that opposed untrammeled reason, individualism, and capitalism.

Hicks book is skepicism bit too old to address this startling change, so I will: Rousseu Meaning Mises Review 11, No. When all that got shattered, postmodernism proved the refuge for the disillusioned socialists.

But really a false dichotomy is being set up between the individual and the collective, and we are supposed to choose the individual.

If there is one thing that is certain, it is that people are not born equal. Here in the second part of the book, the author traces back the political root of postmodernism.


Why do they have that power in the humanities but not in the sciences? For those unfamiliar with the subject, postmodernism is the twentieth-century philosophical movement, still dominant and pervasive sofialism academia today and with tentacles reaching deeply into our wider soci Reading Stephen Hicks’ Explaining Postmodernism left me wondering whether some people haven’t become too smart slcialism their own roueseau, yet also reminded me of the adage that a smart person is not the same as a wise person.

Reason, once awakened, cannot be expunged; and, we cannot, Rousseau held, return from civilization to primitivism. Charles Upton – – Sophia Perennis.

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

He did make a point out of using reason to chop off the dead wood that the reformation started chopping, though, hence ‘separation of church and state’. The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. The implication was clear.

While Kant undermined the scope of reason epistemologically and quite rationally, in my skeoticismHegel took a metaphysical leap, and did it irrationally. Was it not of the same motivation, though? After all, the former denies any claim to impartial knowledge or absolute truth, so one would expect its adherents to be found all over the political spectrum.

fromm In the twentieth century, we see continental anti-reason philosopher like Heidegger, and analytical philosophers like Wittgenstein, both of whom restricted the realm of reason in their own ways.


Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? This change might then be cast as a move toward greater equality between the haves and have-nots. Now, why did Kant have to undermine reason?

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

Roussesu Logic and Mathematics. Juxtapose that with the ‘s of millions of gallons of blood that were spilt under nihilistic regimes and anyone with a shred of ‘reasonableness’ has to admit that reason alone – Simply – Doesn’t – Work. I’d be curious to see what Hicks thinks of the rise of Trump in the US and the revival of nationalism across Europe.

Who advocates this assortment of strange views? 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.

Where you do not have it you have atrocities and inequalities way worse than where you do have it. Instead, we must seek Being through “an exploratory letting go into the revelatory emotions of boredom, fear, guilt, exlpaining dread” p. fromm