Explaining Postmodernism


Explaining Postmodernism:
Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault

By Stephen R. C. Hicks
Professor of Philosophy

English editions:

First edition: two hardcover and eight softcover printings from 2004-2010 by Scholargy Publishing.explicando-pos-modernismo-150
First edition Kindle e-book published 2010.
Expanded hardcover edition published in 2011 by Ockham’s Razor.
Kindle expanded edition published in 2011.
Audiobook version published April 2013: MP3 and YouTube links below.


Portuguese translation by Silvana Vieira published by Callis Editora (São Paulo, Brazil, 2011). Also in e-book editions at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iTunes.
Serbo-Croatian translation of Chapter One by Alma Causevic (2012).ep-spanish-front-150
Persian translation by H.P. Safir, Khatereh Zohrabi, and Farzaneh Ehsani published by Qoqnoos Publishing (Tehran, Iran, 2013). [Sample pages.] [Also this second translation into Farsi.]
Swedish translation published by Timbro (Stockholm, Sweden, 2014).
Spanish translation published by Barbarroja Ediciones (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015).
Polish translation by Piotr Kostyło and Katarzyna Nowak published by University of Kasimir the Great Press (Bydgoszcz, Poland, 2016).
Hindi translation forthcoming in 2017.

The First Edition text:

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault [pdf].

The Chapters and Sections:

Frontmatter [pdf]
Table of Contents [pdf]
Chapter One: What Postmodernism Is [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Two: The Counter-Enlightenment Attack on Reason [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Three: The Twentieth-Century Collapse of Reason [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Four: The Climate of Collectivism [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Five: The Crisis of Socialism [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Chapter Six: Postmodern Strategy [pdf] [mp3] [YouTube]
Bibliography [pdf]ep-ed-front-cover-150px [html]

Index [pdf]
Acknowledgments [pdf]

The Tables and Charts:

Chart 1.1: Defining Pre-modernism and Modernism
Chart 1.2: The Enlightenment Vision [pdf]
Chart 1.3: Defining Pre-modernism, Modernism, and Postmodernism
Chart 5.1: Marxism on the Logic of Capitalism
Chart 5.2: Total Livestock in the Soviet Union
Chart 5.3: Gross Physical Output for Selected Food Itemsep-swedish-full-150px
Chart 5.4: Deaths from Democide Compared to Deaths from International War, 1900-1987
Chart 5.5: Left Terrorist Groups’ Founding Dates
Chart 5.6: The Evolution of Socialist Strategies [gif]

Detailed Table of Contents.

The Scholarly Reviews:

Professor Curtis Hancock in The Review of Metaphysics (and can be read online here).
Professor Gary Jason in Liberty [also online here.]
Professor Marcus Verhaegh in The Independent Review.
Dr. David Gordon in The Mises Review.
Professor Max Hocutt in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.ep-audio-150px
Professor Edvard Lorkovic in Philosophy in Review.
Professor Steven M. Sanders in Reason Papers.

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55 thoughts on “Explaining Postmodernism

  • April 21, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you, Randall. Sorry not to have responded earlier.

  • May 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Dear Dr Hicks,
    I read your book on postmodernism and I was very impressed by it! This is an exceptionally good book that is written with great insight and clarity. It is great achievement considering the amount of material and also the opaque writing style / thought processes of most postmodernists that are being discussed. Your book should be a compulsory reading to every university student in the western world, especially the humanities and social sciences departments. All the best and keep up the good work!
    Kind regards,

  • May 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Dr Hicks,

    Just finished this book, and am reading it again. I appreciate your clear and direct writing style. But it ends without defending reason! I think Steven Pinker is working on a book that defends the enlightenment project. Regardless, if you haven’t joined the heterodox academy, then consider doing so.

  • May 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the praise, Aaron. I respect Pinker’s work very much, and last year I joined Heterodox.

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