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Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain
An argument against what Collini calls the 'declinist thesis', the belief that contemporary intellectual life is getting increasingly dumbed down and stagnant. Declinists, Collini suggests, are in den...
Against Post-Modernism: A Marxist Critique
Callinocos argues that the relativism preached by post-modernists leaves us with no objective criteria by which to reject those who would falsify the past.
An Annotated Bibliography of Nonsense
Academic critics today not only question the impact of science upon society, but they also question the very idea of scientific rationality.
Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies commonly claims to be a radical discipline. This book thinks that's a bad assessment. After an introduction critiquing the so-called 'Marxism' of the academy, Hutnyk provides detailed...
Chomsky on Post-Modernism
What I find in the writings of the post-modernists is extremely pretentious, but on examination, a lot of it is simply illiterate, based on extraordinary misreading of texts that I know well (sometime...
Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America
Propaganda-talk, euphemism, and evasion are so much a part of American usage today that they cross all party lines and ideological divides. The art of not answering the question, of cloaking unpleasan...
Deconstruction and the Interests of Theory
Deconstruction: Theory and Practice
Descent into Discourse: The Reification of Language and the Writing of Social History
Critique of postmodernist and poststructuralist approaches in history.
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
Sokal, Alan; Bricmont, Jean
The authors criticize postmodernism in academia for its misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics: (1) The incompetent and...
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science
Gross, Paul; Levitt, Norman
Describes attacks on science, and on concepts of truth and rationality, in areas of the humanities.
The Illusions of Postmodernism
Eagleton explores the origins and emergence of postmodernism, revealing its ambivalences and contradictions. His primary concern is less with the more intricate formulations of postmodern philosophy t...
In the Tracks of Historical Materialism
Logics of Disintegration: Post-Structuralist Thought and the Claims of Critical Theory
Essays summarizing and critiquing post-structuralism. According to Dews, for all its posture of radicality, post-structuralist thought is itself bound to certain vulnerable assumptions. Dews argues th...
Marxism and "Subaltern Studies"
A review of Vivek Chibber's book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital.
Multiculturalism or World Culture?: On a "Left"-Wing Response to Contemporary Social Breakdown
Post-modernists are profoundly bored by any questions of economics and technology which cannot be connected to cultural differences. The implicit agenda of the multiculturalists is to present the valu...
Nothing Mat(t)ers: A Feminist Critique of Postmodernism
An explanation of the foundation of recent post-modern theory which also criticises the misogynist and patriarchal work of Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard and Jean-Fr...
On Describing the Other
My criticism is not primarily about Judith Butler’s style; it is principally about the substance of her arguments and, more broadly, of poststructuralist arguments. I am not opposed to ‘difficult’ wri...
Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social: Deconstruction and Deindustrialization
We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) pi...
The Origins of Post-Modernity
Perry Anderson's book outlines the cultural changes that have accompanied the victory of global capitalism.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Against the thesis that Western subalterns are made of different stuff, Chibber argues that human beings are, at their core, not that different across contexts. The winds of history and culture may ch...
Postcolonial Thought's Blind Alley
Throughout the 20th century, the anchor for anti-colonial movements was, at least for the left, a belief that oppression was wrong wherever it was practised, because it was an affront to basic human n...
Postmodern Disrobed: Review of Intellectual Impostures
An admirable job of exposing the daffy absurdity of postmodernism intellectuals.
Postmodernism and the Left
Barabara Epstein provides an overview of the approach and subculture of postmodernism and how they relate to, or conflict with, leftwing ideas.
Bulhak, Andrew C.
A computer program written by Andrew. C. Bulhak using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text. Each time you click on the page, it generates a brand-new postmodernist essay, completely me...
Postmodernism: Paralysed by postmodernism
A great deal of "theory" in the humanities and social sciences -- and not just postmodern theory -- involves the creating of a kind of conceptual landscape filled with curious kinds of abstract object...
Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism
Over the past fifty years, postmodern theory — an umbrella term generally used to refer to such diverse theoretical movements and paradigms as post-structuralism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, deconstructi...
Socialist Register 1995: Volume 31: Why Not Capitalism?
Panitch, Leo (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
Alan Sokal submitted this parody of postmodernism, poststructuralist theory, deconstruction, and political moralism to the journal Social Text. The editors failed to spot the hoax and published it as ...
The Trouble with Theory: The Educational Costs of Postmodernism
Postmodern theory has engaged the hearts and heads of the brightest students because of its apparent political and social radicalism. Yet Kitching writes: "At the heart of postmodernism is very poor, ...
Vanguard of Retrogression: "Postmodern" Fictions as Ideology in the Era of Fictitious Capital
When one probes the terms of the debate, what is truly amazing is that the ostensibly anti-Eurocentric multiculturalists are, without knowing it, purveying a remarkably Eurocentric version of what th...
Where Do Postmodernists Come From?
Eagleton argues that left intellectuals have adopted postmodernism out of a sense of having been badly defeated, a belief that the left as a political tendency has little future. Culturalism, he argue...
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