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Challenging Postmodernism: Philosophy and the Politics of Truth

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According to proponents of postmodernism, one of the principal achievements of recent Continental philosophy is the rejection of the idea of "objective truth" in favor of the notion that truth is a social construct, which varies from one culture to another. This claim has given rise to heated reactions among philosophers of the Anglo-American analytic school. Their critici ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Humanity Books
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Steve
Nov 09, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Worth the read. If you feel you've heard enough about self-referential inconsistencies after 60 something pages, give it time. It's an effective argument against the 'anti-truth squad' and Detmer, understandably, can't resist. After getting past this, he offers many interesting refutations to postmodernist arguments. Some points, like his refutation of the 'argument from disagreement' are more suited to pop-postmodernism. Many of the concrete examples get a bit tedious and drawn out, like his di ...more
Lane Wilkinson
Sep 19, 2008 Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it
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An excellent little book that provides a wealth of ammunition to counter the incoherent positions of many relativistic/post-modern thinkers. I've always been appalled that some in the pomo crowd have appropriated Phenomenology and Existentialism (both of which explicitly refute relativistic thinking), so I especially enjoy the way in which Detmer applies the extensive anti-relativist arguments of Husserl and Sartre against Rorty.

A must-read for anyone looking for new tactics in the war against
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Tyler Lane
Apr 14, 2017 Tyler Lane rated it it was ok
Since I agree with Professor Detmer's dismissive attitude towards postmodernism, one must ask why I gave his book such a low rating. The answer is because this is a terribly written, endlessly repetitive book. First, to the extent that it challenges postmodernism, Detmer makes one essential argument ad nauseam: postmodernism, or the belief that truth is relative, either is restrictive of itself and therefore only applies to those who accept it (and is therefore pointless), or somehow grants itse ...more
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