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Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks
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Oct 06, 2008

really liked it

What I found most valuable in this book was in its first chapter, a synopsis of postmodernism that puts a name to the kind of political/intellectual rhetoric that surrounds us every day. The final chapter offers an astute analysis of the motivations behind political correctness and related bodies of ideas, as well as an explanation for how they can maintain obvious internal contradictions. (e.g. "All cultures are equal... except Western civilization, which is evil.") Between the bookend chapters are heaps of intellectual history that might be tougher going for someone not already familiar with the specifics, but the book's payload of understanding makes the extra effort worthwhile. Despite the book's ostensibly depressing subject matter, I felt enlightened and encouraged after finishing it.
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