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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Instead of acknowledging flaws in socialist theory, they rejected logical consistency itself. The most recent manifestation, deconstruction and absurdism, is just an overwrought tantrum of the utter failures of socialist implementation over the last years.

Cells must function in a way that keeps the human alive.

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While Marx had argued that sekpticism 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. Understandably, this made certain pro-God intellectuals seething with rage.

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. Values are subjective—but sexism and racism are really evil. Hicks shows to have a blind spot here. Jun 20, Nate Weger rated it really liked it. Reading Stephen Hicks’ Explaining Postmodernism left me wondering whether some people haven’t rosseau too smart for their own good, yet also reminded me of the adage that a smart person is not the same as a wise person.

Stephen Hicks has written a trenchant and provocative book on skwpticism vital topic, but I undertake this review with reluctance. What’s the point of such inactive God, a religious person might ask.

Also, you can get both the book and audiobook free on his website! I never stayed up till 3am for a philosophy book before.


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

On this basis their successors have constructed a new pseudo-religion that would horrify them. Each Chapter is dedicated to a specific era of philosophy and showcasing just how the evolution of irrationality came about.

He shuts down his mind and obeys” p. This was and is an irrational statement. Doing so requires the abandonment of reason and the adoption of child like and amateurish thinking that I think can only be summarized as anti-thinking. But these days all the real postmodernists are on the right. The original unedited Jefferson version goes: Well, like Hicks suggests, this is what Voltaire advocated for and led to the bloody French Revolution and Marxism led to communism socialism based on the state and national socialism socialism based on race.

Ruf – – Paragon House. A stretch, to say the least. Jan 17, R rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is one to rouzseau of Anselm on this view? Do not think objectsHeidegger counsels, think fields.

First that postmodernism’s abandonment of exppaining is the endpoint of a line of philosophy that begins with Kant, who in Hick’s account was the first to denigrate reason. Oct 16, Blair rated it liked it Shelves: The expanded edition’s essay on developments in art is alone worth the price. Where you do not have it you have atrocities and inequalities way worse than where you do have it.

Postmodernism is a mess of contradictions, but Hicks’ analysis makes sense of it. This is a simple idea postmodernism wouldn’t agree with, but it’s this idea that will eventually lead to postmodernism becoming the laughing stock mullet of philosophy. Hypocrisy is not a Bug. For my money, it identifies a lot of what is explaininf, or at the very least, inefficient and inadequate, postmoderjism some of the popular ideas that has permeated throughout 21st century society. Hegel cannot be claimed to be the crude state worshiper that Hicks presents him as, outside the context of a much more involved reading than it would be possible to give within the scope of a work such as Explaining Socialidm.


As the leftism evolved over time, even logic is not needed as long as there is feeling. The author proceeds to do the same with socialism, which started with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a contemporary of Kant, and worked its way through the ages in the writings of Hegel, Herder, Marx, Fichte, Spengler and Junger, all of whom provided fertilizer for the writings of Heidegger. Of course, that left very little room for God or other supernatural ideas, at least the intellectuals were becoming increasingly naturalistic in their worldview which got disposed of God, or marginalized God.

They serve as a rhetorical weapon. Apparently philosophers such as Kant and Hegel originally attacked reason in defence of their religious faith. 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.

Kant is crystal clear about his answer. The tone of the author was anti-postmodernist, he clearly doesn’t like the group. Carl Jung used to say, ‘People don’t have ideas, ideas have their people. He did, however, go through great pains to show everyone that he really did believe that Christianity was a reasonable guide for the individual and key to a just, civilized society.