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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Consider the following pairs of claims. We even get tables showing how many fewer cows there were in Russia after Communism!

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

Jan 03, Ali Arabzadeh rated it did not like it. Dec 02, Mark Alexis rated it it was amazing. Mises and Hayek demonstrated incontrovertibly that a socialist skepticiem cannot work; to make matters worse, the attempt to establish such an economy makes likely the onset of a totalitarian order. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?

Mar 18, Jake Desyllas rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Socialisj, 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.

On one account, “absolutist politics are primary, while the relativism is a rhetorical strategy that is used to advance that politics”; on the other, “both the relativism and the absolutism coexist in postmodernism, but the contradictions between them simply do not matter psychologically to those who hold them” p. What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: Rather, he predicts the end of a certain conception of man—roughly, a conception based on a universal human nature.

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But the greatness of an outstanding book like Explaining Postmodernism lies in its invitation for us to conduct a civil and rational argument about what postmodernism is and rpusseau it originated, devoid of the ad postmpdernismreductio ad Hitlerumcries of “racism” and other base cannon fodder employed to win ‘debates’ in our postmodern world these days.

I am not going to play. Hicks’s history of Kantian philosophy explaibing competent, but his constant Ayn Rand libertarian attacks on the Left are tiresome. Behind Derrida lies Martin Heidegger, and Hicks offers a superb analysis of this vastly postmodernisk thinker.

This book is a little dated coming out of the culture war debates of the s. In medieval times, people predominantly believed in the supernaturalism, that man is wretched, and driven by faith, rather than reason.

It may be a mystery why these abstractions are such powerful tools to help us understand physical reality. The copious footnotes and bibliography are also helpful. The house of cards came thundering down when the Soviets invaded Hungary in ’56 to crush the popular uprising against the socialist rulers in that country.

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

The vital core of his interpretation is that Kant denied that we know reality. He rightly says that Kant denies that human beings grasp the noumenal ftom. 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 One of the most important books I’ve read.

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Central goods of this kind are material prosperity, technological prowess, and reasoned self-understanding. Instead of acknowledging that socialist countries failed to raise living standards whereas capitalist economies did, they changed the critique of capitalism to be all about relative inequality.

But let us assume his craft was flight-worthy.

So, what did Locke keep that Voltaire threw out? Modernism is the core set of values adapted in the Enlightenment.

The informed individual is capable of making informed decisions. Hicks rejects the view that relativism is primary and the politics secondary. Postmodernism, as an ideology, a philosophy, a mode of thought, is a conundrum that provides nothing of value to intellectual discourse, and prides itself in that, for only through irrational pseudointellectual hogwash is postmodernism capable of forwarding the ideas it holds sacred.

On this account, logical and eexplaining propositions are merely a function of how we have decided to use words and which combinations of words we have decided to privilege” p.

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Refresh and try again. Rather, he seeks to trace them to a powerful ressentiment directed against the partisan of the Enlightenment too of capitalist achievement. It gave room for the ideas of universities and hospitals to flourish and almost all of them were religious reasonably irrational institutions to start with.

Jun 20, Nate Weger rated it really liked it.