Sullivan illustrate how some postmodernists
do not understand the science they are writing about, or avoid plausible interpretations of case studies, and reach outlandish conclusions based on their misunderstandings.
At a recent national conference on women's history, one panelist on a roundtable devoted to postmodernist
approaches to gender claimed that her intellectual opponents, horrified by her linguistically based methodology, "want [her] dead." Some in the audience may have thought this to be a slight exaggeration, but discussion sparked by more empirically based panels testified to the intense hostility she had experienced.
There we tend to become postmodernists
in spite of ourselves.
The trouble with the postmodernists
is that they stopped short of saying why this matters.
Of course, it may be that thoroughgoing postmodernists
are immune to all arguments based on appeals to reason.
Exhilarating, because viewing modernity in a nonhomogeneous fashion has opened up the possibility of exploring practices and ideas which have been overly formalized by modernists and postmodernists
In the fifth chapter, Smith examines the self-refutation charge often raised against relativists, epistemological skeptics, and postmodernists
. These thinkers deny, reject, or challenge views that are widely believed to be intuitively correct and true.
Burbach doesn't really seem to recognize the differences between a trenchant historical critique of capitalism (such as Marxism supplies) and the kind of "deconstruction of modernity" (to use his words) effected by postmodernists
-which is, precisely, neither historical nor a critique.
scepticism about the truth in general.
More specifically, Jernigan feeds off Stoppard's confession to being "conservative with a small c" by arguing that he is "not only ideologically moderate, but also epistemologically, ontologically and aesthetically moderate as well," concluding: "It would seem these are poor credentials indeed for a postmodernist
The first chapter, "The Ideological Fantasy of Otherness Postmodernism," begins to define the contours of "otherness postmodern erotism," arguing that its ideological fantasy is that postmodernists
can "see through" ideologies that essentialists accept, a fantasy that Kim understands as masking the continued reliance on essentialist identity-based assumptions.
Thesis 7: for years now, postmodernists
have assured anyone who would listen that 'the subject' is dead.
I've never really bought into the postmodernists
, partly because I can hardly ever understand what they're saying.
, by contrast, tend to embrace the marginal, the "Other" and the genuinely or putatively oppressed, while condemning the "cultural hegemony" of men and institutions that Kirk admired.
We, the postmodernists
, can give this man, this artwork, the meaning we wish in an exercise of bricolage, with no metanarrative governing us or the film.