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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Jan 21, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: Again, left and right are becoming more alike. The people that come up with these theories are truly pathological.

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.

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

Postmodern Rationality, Social Criticism, and Religion. Oh and for the love of christ on a crutch Dvorkin never said that. Stephen Hicks has done us a great service here. What’s the point of such inactive God, a religious person might ask. Stephen Hicks does a phenomenal job in laying that out in a way that’s extremely readable without sacrificing depth. Will not such rational individualism encourage cold-blooded, short-range, and grasping selfishness?

He did this not as a matter of hating religion and religious thought, though, as it is used most frequently today. One of the most important books I’ve read. I took up this book because I see the word ‘postmodernism’ thrown around a lot, without any clear understanding of what it is. It is important to note that at the time it was implemented it was an experiment. Jonathan Loesberg – – Stanford University Press. How can we challenge postmodern ideas from entering public life using language that ordinary people can understand?

The expanded edition’s essay on Explaining the Seemingly Inexplicable Greatly appreciate this very readable exposition, by a rational mind heroically treading where others become repulsed and confused. He is the Grand Inquisitor saying that the weight of liberty is too heavy for the average person to bear.


Explaining Postmodernism is intellectual history with a polemical twist, providing fresh insights into the debates underlying the furor over political correctness, multiculturalism, and the future of liberal democracy. Some are born with diseases.

Its claims and strategies aren’t easy to understand – let alone combat – unless you understand its philosophical pedigree. Stephen Hicks is some sort of Objectivist or Randian, and so that should be said right up front.

Go to your local McDonalds and have a Big Mac – just because you can. He himself said that he had to undermine reason to ‘make room for faith’. 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.

In an exquisite historical and intellectual overview of German philosophy, 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. He displays an extreme hostility to religion, and this often biases his historical claims. Sep 08, Safat rated it it was amazing. Finding Meaning Mises Review 11, No. But remember that the realm of reason is severely restricted to the sensesand don’t try to claim anything ‘absolute’ using your silly little reasons.

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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

It seems that every explanation I read of the meaning of foucauly such as Kant and Hegel is like a Rorschach test — the authors see in it the genesis of their own philosophy. The implication is that logical or mathematical proofs cut no ice in adjudicating competing claims of fact.

Not only an impressively wrong headed, bad faith reading of postmodern thought, but Hicks decides whip out his idiotic interpretations of pre-enlightenment, enlightenment, and modernist thought while he was at it.

This is the strategy: Postmodernism is a mess of contradictions, but Hicks’ analysis makes sense of it. I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in quite some time.


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. Sep 12, vi macdonald rated it did postmodetnism like it. History of Western Philosophy, Misc. Quotes from Explaining Postmo The most recent manifestation, deconstruction and absurdism, is just an overwrought tantrum of the utter failures of socialist implementation over the last years.

Rather, he predicts the end of a certain conception of man—roughly, a conception based on a universal human nature. Postmodernism is therefore first a political movement, and a brand of politics that has only lately come to relativism. This observation is by no means revolutionary if you’ll pardon the expression. With Trump the American right has made a major gamble that goes far beyond his temperament or competence for the presidency.

Postmodernism’s irrationality and deep seated roussau about knowledge is only the beginning, as anyone who’s had the misfortune of engaging with postmodern practitioners will confess.

It’s more like saying, ‘I’m a great advocate of women rights, but it must be understood that women have no valid rights outside their own kitchen’ borrowing an analogy here provided by the author of the book, because I found myself incapable of making a better one. Oct 20, Mahmoud Awad rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I want to know what we can do to resist postmodern thinking.

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What water is there for us to clean ourselves? Where do this all fit together? Hicks factually and carefully postmodernixm the origins and causes of postmodern thought and how it has become an unfortunate cornerstone in much modern thought.