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.
First edition Kindle e-book published 2010.
Expanded hardcover edition published in 2011 by Ockham’s Razor.
Kindle expanded edition published in 2011.
Audiobook edition 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.
Serbian translation of Chapter One by Alma Causevic (2012).
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).
Arabic translation forthcoming in 2018.

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] [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 Items
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.
Professor Edvard Lorkovic in Philosophy in Review.
Professor Steven M. Sanders in Reason Papers.
Professor Mistaken (pseudonym) in Uncouth Opinions.

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StephenHicks.org main page.


115 thoughts on “Explaining Postmodernism

  • September 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I am very keen to read all your works but in my country, I believe, it’s hard to get these books. I am from Pakistan, a south Asian country. I hope they will help me solve some of my mind’s issues about postmodernism and many other theory. I appreciate all your labors you have spent to explain some crucial mental problems of man.

  • September 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you, Iftikhar. Urdu and English are the main languages in Pakistan? I am open to suggestions about how to make my books available there.

  • September 21, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Postmodernism is also called “French theory”. Why is there no french translation of your book?!

  • October 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Stephen –

    I listened to your talk w/ Dr. Peterson and it was great! I came here to redownload the PDF of Explaining Postmodernism (can’t seem to find the one I downloaded before) but it seems all the links are broken.

    Thanks again for your work!

  • October 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hello Stephen will your book on Postmodernism be reprinted in English soon?

  • October 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Michael: The next printing is supposed to be available by October 28. Thanks for asking.

  • October 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

    How can I purchase a copy of this book Mr Hicks? Is there not a more affordable version for order? Thanks sir!

  • October 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Paul: The new printing should be out by the 29th, I’ve heard. Thanks for your interest. Best, Stephen

  • October 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you! I admire your work and love the youtube PM series. Must have book now. Thanks again.

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