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Postmodernism, Truth, and Power

Lecture no. 32 from the course: The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

Postmodernism, Truth, and Power

Taught by Professor Lawrence Cahoone | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Postmodern critique has changed the discussions of sociology, literature, philosophy, and political theory by pressing feminist and multiculturalist versions of egalitarian liberalism or progressivism in a radical, anti-Eurocentric direction. Explore some of the ideas—both leftist and conservative—behind postmodernism in politics, as put forth by Cornel West, Michel Foucault, Gayatri Spivak, and others.

36 Lectures

1
Image of Origins and Conflicts of Modern Politics
Origins and Conflicts of Modern Politics
0 of 34 min
2
Image of Ancient Republics, Empires, Fiefdoms
Ancient Republics, Empires, Fiefdoms
0 of 30 min
3
Image of Machiavelli’s New Order
Machiavelli’s New Order
0 of 29 min
4
Image of Hobbes, Natural Law, the Social Contract
Hobbes, Natural Law, the Social Contract
0 of 31 min
5
Image of Locke on Limited Government and Toleration
Locke on Limited Government and Toleration
0 of 32 min
6
Image of Rousseau’s Republican Community
Rousseau’s Republican Community
0 of 31 min
7
Image of Kant’s Ethics of Duty and Natural Rights
Kant’s Ethics of Duty and Natural Rights
0 of 30 min
8
Image of Smith and the Market Revolution
Smith and the Market Revolution
0 of 32 min
9
Image of Montesquieu and the American Founding
Montesquieu and the American Founding
0 of 31 min
10
Image of Debating the French Revolution
Debating the French Revolution
0 of 31 min
11
Image of Legacies of the Revolution—Right to Left
Legacies of the Revolution—Right to Left
0 of 32 min
12
Image of Nationalism and a People’s War
Nationalism and a People’s War
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Civil Society—Constant, Hegel, Tocqueville
Civil Society—Constant, Hegel, Tocqueville
0 of 32 min
14
Image of Mill on Liberty and Utility
Mill on Liberty and Utility
0 of 30 min
15
Image of Marx’s Critique of Capitalism
Marx’s Critique of Capitalism
0 of 31 min
16
Image of Modern vs. Traditional Society
Modern vs. Traditional Society
0 of 31 min
17
Image of Progressivism and New Liberalism
Progressivism and New Liberalism
0 of 29 min
18
Image of Fleeing Liberalism—Varieties of Socialism
Fleeing Liberalism—Varieties of Socialism
0 of 31 min
19
Image of Fleeing Liberalism—Fascism and Carl Schmitt
Fleeing Liberalism—Fascism and Carl Schmitt
0 of 31 min
20
Image of Totalitarianism and Total War
Totalitarianism and Total War
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Conservative or Neoliberal—Oakeshott, Hayek
Conservative or Neoliberal—Oakeshott, Hayek
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Reviving the Public Realm—Hannah Arendt
Reviving the Public Realm—Hannah Arendt
0 of 31 min
23
Image of Philosophy vs. Politics—Strauss and Friends
Philosophy vs. Politics—Strauss and Friends
0 of 29 min
24
Image of Marcuse and the New Left
Marcuse and the New Left
0 of 30 min
25
Image of Rawls’s A Theory of Justice
Rawls’s A Theory of Justice
0 of 31 min
26
Image of Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, Libertarianism
Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, Libertarianism
0 of 32 min
27
Image of What about Community?
What about Community?
0 of 32 min
28
Image of Walzer on Everything Money Shouldn’t Buy
Walzer on Everything Money Shouldn’t Buy
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Identity Politics—Feminism
Identity Politics—Feminism
0 of 29 min
30
Image of Identity Politics—Multiculturalism
Identity Politics—Multiculturalism
0 of 30 min
31
Image of The Politics of Nature—Environmentalism
The Politics of Nature—Environmentalism
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Postmodernism, Truth, and Power
Postmodernism, Truth, and Power
0 of 31 min
33
Image of Habermas—Democracy as Communication
Habermas—Democracy as Communication
0 of 31 min
34
Image of The End of History? Clash of Civilizations?
The End of History? Clash of Civilizations?
0 of 29 min
35
Image of Just Wars? The Problem of Dirty Hands
Just Wars? The Problem of Dirty Hands
0 of 31 min
36
Image of Why Political Philosophy Matters
Why Political Philosophy Matters
0 of 32 min

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March 25, 2016

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1********t
September 13, 2015
Difficult to provide an overview of PM since its main point often seems to be that there is "no there there" anywhere. But a five-star effort. Would love to hear Professor Cahoone bridge PM to Isaiah Berlin's value pluralism. Again though -- a full plate of material to think about.

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