Human Reason and Its Enemies: A Rigorous Critique of Postmodernism

By: Sheryar Ookerjee

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This book is the result of a two-year research project under a National Fellowship of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. It is an uncompromising expose of postmodernism-a philosophy which seeks to destroy philosophy; challenges and objectivity, universality and impartiality of reason; and which swears by 'situated' knowledge. The views of many postmoderns, particularly those of Cohen, Foucault, Lyotard, MacIntyre and Taylor, are shown to be superficial, sophisticated, confused, fallacious and even ridiculous. Postmodernism believes truth to be culture-relative and therefore believes that intercultural comparison and critical appraisal must require an 'Archimedean point' to make this possible. Since, they say there is no such point, cultures are incommensurable. This argument as well as the incommensurability thesis are shown to be based on messy thinking and prejudice. The postmodern reliance on the concept of 'language games' and its love hate relationship to Western science, are examined in depth. The pronouncements of thinkers like Feyerabend and Kuhn are thoroughly exposed as mistaken and even laughable. An attempt is made to disclose the true nature and salient features of human reason and thinking. A full chapter is devoted to the arch-postmodernist Richard Rorty, and another to feminist writers like Fox Keller, Harding, Irigary and Tiles, who are powerfully drawn to postmodern ideas. Printed pages: 370.

Title: Human Reason and Its Enemies: A Rigorous Critique of Postmodernism

Author Name: Sheryar Ookerjee

Categories: India, Philosophy,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Promilla & Co., Publishers: 2009

ISBN: 8185002940

ISBN 13: 9788185002941

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 029243

Keywords: Human Reason Enemies India