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Every scientific or intellectual movement is founded upon basic assumptions and hypotheses that shape its specifically formulated philosophy. This study seeks to explore and explicate the basic philosophical underpinnings of grey systems theory GST , as well as the paradigm governing its postulates.
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It might seem unusual to review a book that was originally published in But Explaining Postmodernism has enjoyed a recent resurgence of popularity. Jordan Peterson has praised the book , and Hicks himself has become a well-known commentator on postmodernism , although he has more than his fair share of zealous critics. While I admire some of the postmodern authors discussed by Hicks, I have generally been critical of postmodernism as a whole. I fall into a category I have elsewhere called the post-postmodern Left.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Tracing postmodernism from its roots in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant to their development in thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Richard Rorty, philosopher Stephen Hicks provides a provocative account of why postmodernism has been the most vigorous intellectual movement of the late 20th century.
Why do skeptical and relativistic arguments have such power in the contemporary intellectual world? Why do they have that power in the humanities but not in the sciences? Why has a significant portion of the political Left - the same Left that traditionally promoted reason, science, equality for all, and optimism - now switched to themes of anti-reason, anti-science, double standards, and cynicism?
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. Read more Read less. Previous page. Ockham's Razor. Publication date. Print length. See all details. Next page. Save Extra with 4 offers. Frequently bought together. Add both to Cart.
These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Nietzsche and the Nazis by Stephen R. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Nietzsche and the Nazis. Stephen R. Helen Pluckrose. Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life. Jordan B. Pocket Guide to Postmodernism. Stephen R C Hicks. Christopher Butler. Review By the end of Explaining Postmodernism, the reader may remain ill at ease with postmodernist malaise, but Hicks s lucid account will demystify the subject.
More than that, he raises key questions about the legacy of postmodernism and its implications for our intellectual attitudes and cultural life. Sanders, Ph. Rather, he seeks to trace them to a powerful ressentiment directed against the partisan of the Enlightenment and of capitalist achievement, and to provide the Enlightenment thinker with openings for serious intellectual engagement.
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Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from India. There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from India. Top reviews from other countries. Verified Purchase. This one really cleared things up for me. I see now that from the Enlightenment onwards philosophy is basically just some sort of literature: Clever boys playing with words.
What a con job. Perhaps it is down to something like this: After the Entlightenment no real progress was to be gained in philosophy, but rather in science and technology.
So the strain of "philosophy" we got after the Enlightenment is more art and beauty - more meditations along the lines of ancient mysticism - than real work on understanding reality and thus contributing to progress. Wonderful book by Hicks and what a con job by Kant going forward. Thanks for clearing my mind from this useless mud that is postmodernism.
In my view - and supported by this book - philosophy as a serious enterprise stopped around Kant. Reading "philosophy" after Kant should now be considered a pastime like knitting or going for a walk a long a beautiful beach: It is important enough, but mostly just for fun and to get a nice aesthetic experience, which we all like now and then. This is a great book. I've learnt so much from it because it charts the historical path to postmodernism very well, and I've gained so much from learning about the various philosophers and the development of their thoughts.
Some things in postmodernism are also very helpful, but, for me, it really helps to be aware of its dangers and excesses. Great book and well worth reading. This book gives a clear thorough account of counter enlightenment philosophy and and its modern incarnation, post modernism. It makes clear the irrational profoundly authoritarian origins of a great deal of New Left politics and academic humanities 'grievance studies' currently fashionable in the West's universities.
I am reminded of Russell's comment that'People would rather die than think. In fact they do'. Counter enlightenment philosophy was in part an attempt to preserve theistic religion from the corrosive impact of reason and history. Postmodernism, as Hicks makes clear, is an attempt to to do the same for the those whose religion is far left politics. Vaccination against postmodernism neo Marxism. When I reached the end of the book I wanted another couple hundred pages.
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Exploring the Philosophical Paradigm of Grey Systems Theory as a Postmodern Theory
To the extent that professors in, say, science and engineering departments have heard of postmodernism, it seems mystifying. They see colleagues in humanities departments delivering papers filled with incomprehensible prose, making outrageous claims such as that there is no correct interpretation of any text , and offering bizarre courses such as the history of comic books. Stephen Hicks, a professor of philosophy at Rockford College, has produced a clearly written, concise book explaining just what postmodern philosophy is and how it arose, and he has done so in an admirable way. Hicks begins by sketching out in broad terms what modernism is. Modernism is the worldview produced by the Enlightenment over the last four centuries. Modernism involves what he calls objectivism in epistemology, meaning the view that experience and reason are capable of gaining real knowledge, although modernist philosophers have hotly contested the specifics of You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Every scientific or intellectual movement is founded upon basic assumptions and hypotheses that shape its specifically formulated philosophy. This study seeks to explore and explicate the basic philosophical underpinnings of grey systems theory GST , as well as the paradigm governing its postulates. The study, more specifically, scrutinizes the underlying principles of GST from the perspective of postmodern philosophy. To accomplish this, the epistemology, ontology, human nature, and methodology of GST are substantially investigated in the light of postmodern philosophy. Results demonstrate that GST is an anti-realistic, anti-positivistic, and non-deterministic theory which is inherently pluralistic and ideographic.
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He teaches at Rockford University , where he also directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. His doctoral thesis was a defense of foundationalism. Hicks is the author of five books and a documentary. Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault Scholargy, argues that postmodernism is best understood as a rhetorical strategy of the academic left developed in reaction to the failure of anarchism , socialism and communism.
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Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Hicks Published Philosophy. Metaphysically, postmodernism is anti-realist, holding that it is impossible to speak meaningfully about an independently existing reality.
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