SRU talk coming up: “Postmodernism and the Verdict of History”

I’m giving two talks in Rhode Island this week at Salve Regina University. Thanks to philosophy professor Khalil Habib for the invitation.

One talk takes up leading postmodernist claims that “the Enlightenment Project has failed” (Rorty), that we are living amid its “dim ruins” (Gray), and that consequently our civilization’s “deepest strata” are shifting earthquake-like (Foucault).

My questions in the talk are:

In contrast to modernism, what is post-modernism? What was the Enlightenment’s vision for humanity? Do the postmodernists or the Enlightenment thinkers have a better claim to assessing the historical record?

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault.
More of my posts and lecture slides on the Enlightenment, including “The Enlightenment Vision.”

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