Jordan Peterson and Stephen Hicks discuss Postmodernism

Our 90-minute conversation about the philosophy, psychology, and politics of postmodernism is embedded below or viewable at at YouTube. Dr. Peterson’s introduction:

“On August 17, I spoke with Dr. Stephen Hicks, professor in the philosophy department at Rockford University. Dr. Hicks is the author of the influential and courageous 2004 book Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, which is perhaps even more relevant and important now than it was when it was published.
“We spoke in depth about the history of philosophy as it has developed since medieval times, trying to understand and describe the processes that led to the rise of postmodern theory.
“The book itself can be purchased here at Amazon. Dr. Hicks has also made it available in pdf form here. A useful review/overview, written by Dr. Steven Sanders, can be found here. An audiobook also exists, and can be found here.
“Why is this all relevant? Because our culture finds itself currently embroiled in a war of ideas, and those ideas must be understood.”

11 thoughts on “Jordan Peterson and Stephen Hicks discuss Postmodernism

  • January 24, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    The third entity might be what Paracelsus referred to in alchemical terms as “salt”. This salt was what bound the opposite but complementary entities of sulphur and mercury. Or at least that’s what I remember.

    Jung wrote extensively on alchemy, so I’d be surprised if Paracelsus didn’t influence him.

    The third entity could also be what Christianity refers to as the “holy spirit”.

    From this it needs to be worked out which of sulphur, mercury, the father and the son refers to nature and which to reason.

    You could also do this with the dionysus apollo dichotomy. Though here it seems obvious that dionysus is nature and apollo nurture. But what would be the third entity here? Zeus, Gaia, Athena?

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