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Chomsky’s critique of postmodernism

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Chomsky’s critique of postmodernism .[embedded content] One of Chomsky’s primary critiques of postmodernism lies in its epistemological stance. Chomsky argues that postmodern scepticism about objective knowledge can undermine the pursuit of scientific inquiry, which relies on the assumption that there are objective truths waiting to be discovered. Chomsky’s criticisms are forceful reminders of the pitfalls of extreme relativism and scepticism, and yours truly basically shares Chomsky’s criticism. Postmodern thinkers have nothing essentially new to convey. Their central ideas are often not explained. And — they present their thoughts in completely unaccessible linguistic jargon.

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Chomsky’s critique of postmodernism

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One of Chomsky’s primary critiques of postmodernism lies in its epistemological stance. Chomsky argues that postmodern scepticism about objective knowledge can undermine the pursuit of scientific inquiry, which relies on the assumption that there are objective truths waiting to be discovered.

Chomsky’s criticisms are forceful reminders of the pitfalls of extreme relativism and scepticism, and yours truly basically shares Chomsky’s criticism. Postmodern thinkers have nothing essentially new to convey. Their central ideas are often not explained. And — they present their thoughts in completely unaccessible linguistic jargon.

Lars Pålsson Syll
Professor at Malmö University. Primary research interest - the philosophy, history and methodology of economics.

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