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Experiments Against Reality: The Fate of Culture in the Postmodern Age

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Confronting the dilemmas of modernist and postmodernist thought, Roger Kimball in this new collection of his work explores the literary and philosophical underpinnings of modernity as well as the state of our culture today. Experiments Against Reality displays the sophistication, breadth of knowledge, and clarity of argument that have made Mr. Kimball one of the most trenc ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 15th 2002 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 2000)
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Roger McFarland
Jul 30, 2015 Roger McFarland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, philosophy
I hate to admit it, but I had never heard of Roger Kimball until I heard him interviewed on a political podcast. Impressed with his insights and commentary, I investigated and found that he is involved with Encounter Books and Editor at The New Criterion (an art and culture periodical with a conservative bent). Intrigued with his commentary on the podcast, I bought two of his books on Amazon.

Experiments Against Reality is really a collection of essays tied together with a few common themes. Eve
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Bakunin
Jan 20, 2014 Bakunin rated it liked it
Roger Kimball is one of few critics who can combine a fine taste with a sceptics view of current trends in literature. Kimballs essays deal mostly with a current trend in the humanities: the disbelief in reality. His essay on TS Eliot is especially illuminating in this regard and certainly wets ones appetite for old possums poetry.

At times I wish that Kimball would try to elucidate and develop his own aesthethic and moral theory of the world instead of hiding behind his scintillating critique o
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Jul 30, 2011 Kevin rated it did not like it
Utterly poor criticism. The author hardly levels an argument against postmodernism and deconstruction, but rather considers both so patently absurd (and in conflict with his obvious ideological biases) as to merit only snide condescension. This, coupled with some frankly disgusting personal opinions (calling Foucault a "fruity" pervert who deserved to get AIDS), leaves little more than reactionary conservative (in the cultural sense) rhetoric. Much better books exist on the topics Kimball discus ...more
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American art critic and social commentator. He was educated at Cheverus High School, a Jesuit institution in South Portland, Maine, and then at Bennington College, where he received his B.A. in philosophy and classical Greek, and at Yale University. He first gained prominence in the early 1990s with the publication of his book, Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Higher Education. Additio ...more
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