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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Jim Powell – – For Beginners Llc. You need to choose which twin to follow and in that regard Hicks speaks well when he states postmodernism is nihilistic. The Foucauldian might give a similar type of analysis but focus more on the links between power, discourse, and the body. The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism.

Stephen Hicks has done us a great service here. Modernism is the core set of values adapted in the Enlightenment. Locke embraced the reason of the enlightenment but did not throw out the ‘reasonable’ Christian ideals from the reformation the good twin that didn’t kill the Father.

Just like how Luther made the individual responsible for his own relationship with Christ he is a ‘personal’ saviourLocke went a step further and made the citizen responsible for their own liberty irrespective of religious affiliation.

As most people know, exposing everything to the light of reason brought many advances scientifically which positively affected the common man but this also had its own negative side affects, as well.

This book was a product of its time just another conservative polemic against the radicals in the English ro. Resentful because God didn’t die forever. Hicks tells us that the “names of the postmodern vanguard are now familiar: The good news is that there is a wave of new philosophers that have room for reasonable irrationality of faith claims again and you see it in folks such frkm William Lane CraigAlvin Plantiga and Ravi Zacharias.

Of course lately, people like Jordan Petersen are resurrecting the conservative animus against those treacherous postmodernists to appeal to conspiracy theorists who blame exxplaining modern ills on things like the “Frankfurt School” and “Cultural Marxism” a term that itself harks back to the Nazi catch-all term for any opponents of National Socialism.


Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

On one point, Hicks seems to me not only disputable but altogether mistaken. Along came the modernist, who said that there’s explainihg ‘objective reality’ out there, that can be known by reason, and promoted individualism over the medieval collectivism.

We are postmodern now. Unfortunately, he stops short of offering solutions An essential book for understanding the extreme polarization we’re currently seeing in the West, with its quagmire of political correctness, bitter identity politics, censorship and de-platforming of speakers at universities, and the incredibly persistent zombie of a failed socialism that just won’t die.

What place is there for free will and passion, spontaneity and creativity if the world is governed by mechanism and logic, causality and necessity? Postmodernism’s irrationality and deep seated confusion about knowledge is only the beginning, as anyone who’s had the misfortune of engaging with postmodern practitioners will confess.

Jan 21, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: The question is just whose blood. Also, there is an ever-present subtext of appeal to motive throughout the whole book.

Cells must function in a way that keeps the human alive. But this defense also fails. In other words, to Hobbes the social contract was conventional, not natural. Word for word, page for page, this is the skepticizm substantial and coherent philosophy text I’ve read. The System of Antichrist: How can we undermine the faith of its believers?

Hicks operates with a simpleminded dichotomy between faith and reason that does not do justice to medieval thought. The bloody French revolution and the relatively bloodless British and American revolutions. When all that got shattered, postmodernism proved the refuge for the disillusioned socialists. But really a false dichotomy is being set up between the individual and the collective, and we are posmodernism to choose the individual.

Why do they have postmocernism power in the humanities but not in the sciences?

Traditionalists postjodernism to forget that the ruling classes who actually made the decisions had plenty of cold and hot blooded selfishness. While Marx had argued that the rise of capitalism would inevitably lead to an ever greater schism between the rich ske;ticism poor in society, in reality the opposite was true and the middle classes were prospering.


This book not only explains and diagnoses postmodernism, but also attempts to trace its ancestry. That said, the author makes an excellent case for the origins and destructive nature of postmodernism–as well as socialism–and then goes on to explain its current political expressions.

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

I never stayed up till 3am for a philosophy book before. If such a being did exist, and issued a command of the type Hicks challenges, on what ethical grounds could he refuse obedience? Request removal from index.

The left has spent the better part of a century becoming nakedly hostile to western values. Also, you can get both the book and audiobook free on his website! He elucidates the links between vrom ideas of philosophers and makes connections; for example, he identifies the nexus between postmodern thinkers and leftism. It happened in reaction to his fear of violent death. When Nietzsche said “God is Dead” what he really said was: This book is frlm polemical in a time where Triumphal liberal capitalism fresh from the end of the cold war could demolish any other point of view towards its end of history as collectivist irrationalism based on appeals grievances of the lower orders.

Socialism had always been the product of reason and logic, starting from the idea that the Marxist revolution would inevitably follow in every capitalist skepticisj and ending with the illusion that smart technocrats could engineer their nations into workers’ paradises.

But, if it didn’t come from reason where did it come from? Preview — Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R. Oct 16, Blair rated it liked it Shelves: Hypocrisy is not a Bug. In case you were wondering why this list includes “Men of the Right”, that’s because Hicks identifies the collectivist Left and Right, correctly in my opinion, as merely two sides of the same coin.