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The vacuity of postmodernist methodology

Shackel, Nicholas ORCID: 2005. The vacuity of postmodernist methodology. Metaphilosophy 36 (3) , pp. 295-320. 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2005.00370.x

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Many of the philosophical doctrines purveyed by postmodernists have been roundly refuted, yet people continue to be taken in by the dishonest devices used in proselytizing for postmodernism. I exhibit, name, and analyse five favourite rhetorical manoeuvres: Troll's Truisms, Motte and Bailey Doctrines, Equivocating Fulcra, the Postmodernist Fox Trot, and Rankly Relativising Fields. Anyone familiar with postmodernist writing will recognise their pervasive hold on the dialectic of postmodernism and come to judge that dialectic as it ought to be judged.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: postmodernism;rationality;alogosia;fallacy;rhetoric;methodology;Troll's Truisms; Motte and Bailey Doctrines; Equivocating Fulcra; the Postmodernist Fox Trot; Rankly Relativising Fields
Publisher: Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0026-1068
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 12:00

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