Postmodern Fallout

Another, in a long line of discussions, about how postmodernism is to blame for our ills. Please bask in the reflected glory of a few scholars to reshape the world from their desks. It is truly amazing.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unfortunate-fallout-of-campus-postmodernism/

For other reading about postmodernism that is a little less bombastic, see postmodernism 1, 2, and 3.

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

7 thoughts on “Postmodern Fallout

  1. “Students are being taught by these postmodern professors that there is no truth, that science and empirical facts are tools of oppression by the white patriarchy” , wanna guess if this fellow did any empirical research to come to these conclusions? Too bad we can’t all have the sort of grounding in facts that these libertarian maroons peddle.

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    • That strikes a very different note than the author’s — concern over the lack of truth and scientific rigor in an article that lacks scientific rigor ironically in a piece about the state of truth.

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  2. I cannot believe that is a serious discussion – or just an ironic one. Yes, there is pomo babble. Yes, people cite Deleuze as they would the Encyclopedia Britannica. But: Postmodernism was a way to distance oneself from modern thought – and that was very much needed back then. The trouble is that we moderns have until today not managed to invent a successor to both modernism and postmodernism…

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    • Though you may not have meant to raise this issue, but the tone of the piece is oddly NOT modernist — the playful scathing tone is actually pretty postmodern, in my reading.

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    • wonder if folks on some sense need to be first modern (as Latour reminded us We have never been modern) and than post-modern before one can really take in the rubble that is piling up around us as our infrastructures crumble from neglect and or abuse , I don’t think this is akin to say leap frogging to digital commerce from person to person trading as it comes more up against our:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_bias

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