For this 1999 online seminar “The Continental Origins of Postmodernism,” TAS Director of Programs Will Thomas served as moderator. Stephen Hicks, Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College, served as the scholar-in-residence. Participants read key works in the development of Postmodernism, to understand the origins of this powerful trend in contemporary thought and to develop the background of an effective Objectivist response.
2. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
Trans. Robert Hurley (Vintage/Random, 1980). See Part One, "We 'Other Victorians,'" pp. 3-13, and Part Four, Chapters 1-3, pp. 81-114.
3. Jacques Derrida, "Cogito and the History of Madness" and "Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences"
See Chapters 2 and 10, Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass (University of Chicago Press, 1978), pp. 31-63 and 278-293.
4. Richard Rorty, "Solidarity or Objectivity?" and "The Contingency of Language"
See pp. 21-34, Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth (Cambridge University Press, 1991), and pp. 3-9, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity, (Cambridge University Press, 1989).
Fall 1999 Participants:
Stephen Hicks (Scholar-in-Residence)
Will Thomas (Moderator)
In addition, the following faculty members are lurking on the list and may post from time to time:
Susanna Fessler (literature)
David Kelley (philosophy)
Jim Lennox (philosophy)
Ken Livingston (psychology)
Rick Minto (philosophy)
Kirsti Minsaas (literature)
Susan Dawn Wake (philosophy)