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How come nihilism is so popular today?

While I'm not entirely convinced of the premises of the question, in general people seek out philosophies that address conditions of life as they experience it. In the marketplace of ideas, a ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I can think of 2 reasons: Naturalism is the philosophy most promoted in public schools. With some exceptions, people tend to stick with what they're taught in school. Believing in a supernatural ...
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Why so much hate for postmodernism?

Here are three reasons (there may be more): The Analytic/Continental divide (some might say feud - see here for example): At the beginning of the 20th Century, two schools (or more accurately, two ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Jacob Ross, Rejecting Ethical Deflationism,' Ethics 116, 2006: 742–68 defines nihilism as : ▻ NIHILISM - DEFINITION '...the view that the notions of good and bad and of right and wrong are ...
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Can someone identify this school of thought?

The first sentence expresses relativism, and then the rest makes clear that it makes everything relative to the individual subject. That position is called solipsism. Solipsism makes the individual ...
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Why are French postmodern philosophers (like Baudrillard) so hard to read/understand?

John Searle apparently asked Michel Foucault, and Pierre Bourdieu, why they wrote so badly. (Apparently they were both much clearer in conversation or when lecturing, and Searle respected them both ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

Short Answer How can one argue against postmodernism for objective truth and morality without assuming a God? Post-modernist claims of pure subjectivism are largely hype. It's has been joked that a ...
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Do postmodernists insist that "laws of physics" are "mere social conventions"? Or not anymore?

One of the major dysfunctions of the science wars in the '90s was that people were using terms to yell at each other — social construction, relativism, postmodernism, paradigm, theory, science, fact, ...
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Why so much hate for postmodernism?

I'll try to offer a brief sketch that moves from what I take to be "overarching" (more inclusive) complaints to more specific ones. Please keep in mind that I am, personally, very dissatisfied by most ...
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Why is postmodernism apparently so ill-perceived in philosophy of science?

For many people, Kuhn's notion of the incommensurability of paradigms is a form of postmodernism. So then there is not a conflict, the Philosophy of Science has notable post-modern contributors, who ...
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Is there a relation between postmodernism and Asian philosophies?

Several thoughts on this (1) It would help a lot if "relation" were defined more clearly. Do you mean "share similar ideas"? Do you mean that one learned from the other? Do you mean they organize the ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

To summarize an answer that became lengthier than I first intended: The woke and the fascists are both trying to bring about societal change away from the status quo as they see it. In that regard, ...
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Is it possible to reconcile post-structuralism with the scientific method?

Clearly, we understand the world through language If by this you mean we understand the world only through language, this is not clear at all. In fact, it is false, because it entirely discounts the ...
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Postmodernism advocates are Right-wing or just can't see its effects against the Left?

I admittedly lack a solid grounding in philosophy and likely some problems with postmodernist thought escape me. I am however one of those leftists who has no huge, general problem with all of ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

This answer is just speculation Why it is popular: People enjoy it. They can act how ever they please because immorality is impossible. It also makes them feel intellectually superior with no more ...
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Does postmodernism entail nihilism?

Postmodernism is an abstraction. There are only postmodern theorists; and if we look at the major postmodern theorists we find a definite, non-nihilistic ethical dimension to their work. The following ...
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Does the postmodern rejection of "Grand Narratives" have anything to do with "First Principles" argumentation?

Yes and no, postmodernism certainly embraced the rejection of "first principles" and perhaps elevated it to a new level, but this rejection was neither originated by it nor is specific to it. ...
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How do structuralism and post-structuralism change the way I read a novel?

Structuralism and post-structuralism is, roughly speaking, a distinction without a difference, so we can look at them together. In your question, you state: From a naive point of view, these ideas ...
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Does Foucault's "power-knowledge" contradict the scientific method?

Consider for a moment the current Climate Change debate (or the somewhat older debate over the Theory of Evolution). In both cases, both the scientific and non-scientific side are simultaneously ...
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What were Jacques Derrida's most important ideas?

Derrida is known for his commentaries on Heidegger, so his one on Being & Time is notable: Heidegger: The Question of Being and History. Also a significant work imo is The Gift of Death, referred ...
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Why so much hate for postmodernism?

I think a lot of this "hate" could arise from an intuition about the fundamental incongruity of saying there is no such thing as justified true belief, and ascribing any truth value to that judgement. ...
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What is the consensus on metaphysical innocence of social construction (2N2C)?

My google search shows that there are no papers discussing 2N2C. The thesis at most was mentioned as a passing interest, never as a focal point. Also, Richard Boyd’ entry on scientific realism in SEP (...
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Does Sokal & Bricmont's book offer proof of the vacuity of Post-Modernism? Can any schools of Philosophy be proven to be pure Sophistry?

"Lambasting" is not a proof. English editors obviously have been unwilling to translate French rebukes to S&B's rhetoric. The case is open and one should hear both sides, even if one of them ...
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Is there a name for gradual dissolution of the boundaries between two objects or identities?

There is a term for such arguments, most commonly the sorites paradox, "also known as little-by-little arguments, which arise as a result of the indeterminacy surrounding limits of application of the ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I find that most modern quirks can be attributed to globalism yes, but specifically the internet. The internet provides exposure to elements you usually would not see. If you are of the same mind as ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

The way paradigms shift quickly in modern times is likely even more a cause than an enabling factor. Whoever has seen multiple contradicting views on one matter being accepted, then debunked, as ...
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What is the "orthodox" post-modernism?

It is used as a label to direct criticism at, alluding to a vague collection of commonalities shared by various postmodern writers, like social constructivism, cultural relativism, anti "tyranny ...
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