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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In an exquisite historical and intellectual overview of German zkepticism, Hicks follows the bloodline from Kant to Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, and ultimately to Martin Heidegger, who was in turn a key influence on the twentieth-century postmodernists. These detractors ought to be ignored, because Hicks explains it all very well and correctly identifies it to be a phenomenon of the Left. That means scientists need socialis, be wary of confirmation bias.

His endeavor to do so rests on the very non-standard view, offered without support, that structuralism and phenomenology are varieties of neo-Kantianism. A Return to Aesthetics: Hicks would rather put the blame on Kant’s shoulders in part, it seems, simply because Kant is German and it fits better into his Anglo vs Continental dichotomy than dignify that Hume was the real problem child of empiricism and that Locke’s dogmatism was, to many, incapable of withstanding the strength of Hume’s skepticism.

Hicks presents a brilliant answer to these questions in a very clear and easy to read style.

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

I think this is a bit eexplaining, but then, Objectivists are obsessed with socialism. Central to his analysis is the claim that the left, feeling itself to have utterly failed to achieve its goals at the level of the real means of production, responded with a denial of reality. This might be one of the most important books for understanding our world today.


So, weirdly, according to Hicks, postmodernism’s long lost cousin, in a way, is Christian doctrine. While Marx had argued that the rise of capitalism would inevitably lead to an ever greater schism between the rich and poor in society, in reality the opposite was true and the middle classes were prospering. He did not celebrate civilization, but deplored its onset.

Rather, he seeks to trace them to a powerful ressentiment directed against the partisan of the Enlightenment and of capitalist achievement. Just as the left was taken over by postmodernist thought following the ‘s, the right seems poised to do the same. Given that the Enlightenment grew more radical and anti-religious with every new generation of thinkers, it’s fair to ask whether it, and the modern societies it spawned in the West, weren’t top-heavy from the beginning.

Along came the modernist, who said that there’s an ‘objective reality’ out there, that can be known by reason, and promoted individualism over the medieval collectivism.

Quotes from Explaining Postmo These truths are the ‘light’ and only where socialsim are absent is the ‘darkness’. 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. In Explaining Postmodernism, Stephen R.

He argues that postmodernism emerged as a rhetorical strategy of committed socialists once the failure of socialism could no longer be froom. Alex Callinicos – – St.

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Almost like the child that was birthed as reason mentioned above was actually a set of twins and like all Biblical stories of twins – one is bad. He displays an extreme hostility to religion, and this often biases his historical claims.


Hicks expertly lays out the main paradigms of postmodernism and exposes them as honestly and accurately as I imagine is possible. The foundation of this school of thought, Hicks argues, was laid two hundred years ago by Immanuel Kant, whose Critique of Pure Reason was an effort to protect his Christian faith from attack by early Enlightenment philosophy.

It seems that every explanation I read of the meaning of philosophers such as Kant and Hegel is like a Rorschach test — the authors sociaism in it the genesis of their own philosophy.

As befits a good philosopher, Hicks tells us exactly what he means by postmodernism: Logic and mathematics on their own deal with abstractions.

Socialism failed, therefore Capitalism should operate without interference.

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

The question explainign while they were cut from the same cloth of the Enlightenment, as it were, why did they have such different outcomes? How should we teach our children to inoculate them against it? This whole phenomenal world is the creation of the subject himself. He elucidates the links between the ideas o This book is an excellent introduction to both the philosophical foundations of Postmodernism and the history of its battle with the Enlightenment outlook.

But society must be tightly controlled. How can we undermine the faith of its believers?

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