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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It is the nuclear waste that is a direct result of reason. Having said that, I was particularly interested in Stephen Hicks analyses of postmodernism’s roots in Kant, Hegel and even Kierkegaard. This combination of reason and reasonable irrationality unleashed an incredible amount of good and human advancement.
Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
The Problem of Perception There are a number of statements in this book that are worth considering in more detail than the author chooses to. Kant argued, if we perceive the ‘outside world’ through our senses, so can’t possibly know the ‘objective world’ out there, we can only perceive the filtered data that our senses allow us to perceive.
The implication was clear. And this means I do not know how he managed to get that many rocks onto his magic epistemological carpet, and still less do I know how he got it to fly like that. He psychoanalyzed the ‘pathologies’ of postmodernism, and to some extent sympathized with the poor deprived leftist postmodernists. Word for word, page for page, this is the most substantial and coherent philosophy text I’ve read. Stephen Hicks does a phenomenal job in laying that out in a way that’s extremely readable without sacrificing depth.
Primarily, the left and the right’s difference is their view on objective reality. What is then, postmodernism? Art is not anything ‘sublime’. Right wing postmodernism will ultimately prove as hostile to western values as the left wing variety has turned out to be. The book is technical but comprehensible by anyone that has heard about postmodernism and wants to know more about it knowing on the outset that the author doesn’t support it.
Kant is crystal clear about his answer. 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.
Request removal from index. Apr 24, Mickey Hernandez rated it it was amazing Shelves: On another matter, Hicks deserves great praise. Now, Kant supposedly was an advocate of reason.
Tolerance is good and dominance is bad—but when postmodernists come to power, political correctness follows. Goodpaster – – Business and Society Review 4: Comparative charts are provided along the way that are helpful in assessing different views and changes in philosophy over time. This observation is by no means revolutionary if you’ll pardon the expression.
Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault by Stephen R.C. Hicks
How should we teach our children to inoculate them against it? Through both revelation and reason the Bible could be understood and applied by anyone who took the time to apply themselves – that every person can have an individual relationship with God. Hence, he became known as the first existential philosopher in that he reformulated Christian faith as an answer to the existential paradox reason created.
The Mises Review 11, No. When enlightenment logic and reason was perceived as a threat religion, a series of “counter-enlightenment philosophers” waged a war on logic, reason and truth.
There are exceptions, but the mass majority have more food, faster and more comfortable transportation even if you are just using the busfresh water, heat or AC that only kings and nobles could have had less than years ago and most times even better.
So you can see how it all goes down. I believe in feminism and gay exxplaining. Must we ourselves not become gods simply fiucault appear worthy of it? 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.
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’. Jun 20, Nate Weger rated it really liked it.
This is a splendid little book! The king was executed some postmodeernism months before the queen, not in the same act. The idea that all are ‘created’ equal does not drop out with reason.
Reason, once awakened, cannot be expunged; and, we cannot, Rousseau held, return from civilization to primitivism. But it is difficult to see how he would justify his stance on the ethical egoist view that I assume that he, as an Objectivist, adopts.
Perhaps as a result, Hicks never cites Ominous Parallelsthough he lists it in his bibliography [p. 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.
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.
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 needed to perceive the catastrophe — logic, reason, truth, language. Hicks operates with a simpleminded dichotomy explainimg faith and reason that does not do justice to medieval thought.
He fleshes it out with the thinkers responsible for such dogmatic and irrational modes of thinking, and outlines their chain of influence and the perplexing logic they espouse in the postmoodernism of reality.
Hicks provides an essential service here — he shows the connections between postmodern theory and hard Leftist politics. He starts from the sociialism that the early Socialim thinkers, with their emphasis on reason and logic and rejection of religious superstition, fdom it right, and provided the foundations of our modern democracy and ordered liberty.
My only real problem was with Hicks’ use of the term “collectivist right” early on, despite he later explained and quoted Hitler and Mussolini as a leftists. Do not think objectsHeidegger counsels, think fields. Nietzsche points this out.
Postmodern thought has been making inroads into the mainstream of western culture for decades, but we’re only now beginning to see how pernicious it actually is.