September 5th, 2004

Explaining Postmodernism

While still enrapt in the middle of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I have begun looking over Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen Hicks, a professor of philosophy at Rockford College.  At 200 pages, the book covers a lot of intellectual history, from Rousseau to Derrida.  I know Prof. Hicks has an encyclopedic knowledge of this stretch of philosophical history, since I've heard him lecture on it, so I'm very impressed that he kept the book down to 200 pages.  Distillation is hard work!

He states his thesis as: "The failure of epistemology made postmodernism possible, and the failure of socialism made postmodernism necessary."

Now that's succinct.

Rhyme of the day:

I'm sure he could have written forty
Pages just about Rorty.