Some flaws but, in the end, an interesting read. In this way, it might be fair enough to say that Kant destroyed philosophy in order to save it, but to argue that everything was hunky-dory before Kant wrote the Critique is simply false. Also, there is an ever-present subtext of appeal to motive throughout the whole book. Kant sacrificed objectivity to save religion from empiricism. Kierkegaard sacrificed reason to also save religion from scrutiny. Heidegger folds in being with nothingness because of self-loathing.
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Permalink Dr. Hicks, This book is by far the most helpful resource I have ever come across for understanding why the world is turning to a direction that I cannot comprehend. In fact I would say this is the most influential book I have ever read and yet you offer it up for free. There are so few philosophers in academia that defend rationality, you really are noble in your effort to promote reason.
You are a revitalizing and refreshing in your content and efficient and eloquent in your presentation. Thank you so much! I plan on homeschooling my two boys, and when they come of age, this book will be on the mandatory reading list.
Because this book so clearly states the philosophies that lead up to the postmodernist movement and accurately exposes the true nature of the irrationality, I am able to teach my children to identify irrational concepts and teach them to avoid the logical pitfalls of postmodern philosophy.
Thank you again. I am not a philosopher, and I am not even close to your level in any regard. I am only 27 and have not yet started college, so my compliments may seem empty… But I do think deeply about life and I seek to find the truth to understand ethical concepts and to understand the nature of existence and I truly value the ability to have access to your ideas.
Mises Review 11, No. Stephen Hicks has written a trenchant and provocative book on a vital topic, but I undertake this review with reluctance. I may unleash against myself that direst of all fates for a reviewer—a profusion of critical letters. The reason for my fear will emerge later, but to preserve suspense I shall address some themes in the book out of the order in which the author has placed them. As befits a good philosopher, Hicks tells us exactly what he means by postmodernism: "Metaphysically, post-modernism is anti-realist, holding that it is impossible to speak meaningfully about an independently existing reality. Postmodernism substitutes instead a social-linguistic, constructionist account of reality.
Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault