The Vacuity of Postmodernist Methodology

Metaphilosophy 36 (3):295-320 (2005)

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Nicholas Shackel
Cardiff University
Abstract
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.
Keywords fallacy  Equivocating Fulcra  postmodernism  the Postmodernist Fox Trot  rationality  alogosia  Rankly Relativising Fields  Troll's Truisms  methodology  Motte and Bailey Doctrines  rhetoric
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2005.00370.x
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