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Author Pluckrose, Helen, author.

Title Cynical theories : how activist scholarship made everything about race, gender, and identity-and why this harms everybody / Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay.

Publication Info. Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, [2020]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  149.97 PLUCKROSE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 351 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-335) and index.
Note In title "Cynical" appears above the word "Critical", which is presented with a strikethrough.
Summary "Outlines the origin and evolution of postmodern thought over the last half century and argues that the unchecked spread and application of postmodern ideas-- from academia, to activist circles, to the public at large-- presents an authoritarian ideological threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction -- Postmodernism: a revolution in knowledge and power -- Postmodernism's applied turn: making oppression real -- Postcolonial theory: deconstructing the West to save the other -- Queer theory: freedom from the normal -- Critical race theory and intersectionality: ending racism by seeing it everywhere -- Feminisms and gender studies: simplification as sophistication -- Disability and fat studies: support-group identity theory -- Social justice scholarship and thought: the truth according to social justice -- Social justice in action: theory always looks good on paper -- An alternative to the ideology of social justice: liberalism without identity politics.
Subject Postmodernism.
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
PHILOSOPHY -- General.
Authoritarianism. (OCoLC)fst00821640
Philosophy, Modern. (OCoLC)fst01061071
Postmodernism. (OCoLC)fst01073164
Philosophy, Modern.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Added Author Lindsay, James A., author.
Other Form: Online version: Pluckrose, Helen. Cynical theories. First. Durham : Pitchstone Publishing, 2020 9781634312035 (DLC) 2019054123
ISBN 9781634312028 (hardcover)
1634312023 (hardcover)
9781634312035 (electronic book)
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