What is postmodernism? What makes it attractive? Why is it dangerous for modern civilization? What is its role in battles over free speech, political correctness, intellectual diversity and the rise of Antifa and the Alt-right? What are our options, moving forward?
Dr. Stephen Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, Illinois is the Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and is the Senior Scholar for the Atlas Society. Dr Hicks is well known for his expertise in demystifying postmodernist ideology and is growing in international acclaim for his approachable and solutions-driven lectures. He specializes in modern European philosophy and politics, and has written extensively on Kant and Marx, including in his two books, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault and Nietzsche and the Nazis. Dr Hicks has lectured at universities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. This is his first Australian tour.
"I always find our conversations extremely illuminating."
"As the Marxist movement splintered and mutated into new forms, Left intellectuals and activists began to look for new ways to attack capitalism. Environmental issues, alongside women’s and minorities’ issues, came to be seen as a new weapon in the arsenal against capitalism"
Stephen R.C. Hicks, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
CULTURE WARS 2.0
How Political Correctness is Shaping Your World
Event 1 Schedule:
7:00 pm: MC intro; Dr Hicks lecture
8:30 pm: Intermission
8:45 pm: MC and Hicks followed by Audience Q&A
9:30 pm: Book signing
Join world-renowned philosopher Dr. Stephen Hicks as he navigates the mysterious cultural landscape of current-day political correctness and postmodernism: how it's affecting our present and halting our drive for progress.
In his first Australian tour, Dr. Hicks looks back on past philosophies that have shaped the ideologies we see taking charge today: political correctness, the rise of oppressed groups, the dilution of truth and meaning. In understanding postmodernism's origins and core theory, what becomes evident is just how much it is shaping our world and the consequences that lie ahead if left unchecked.
Event type 2:
CULTURE WARS 2.0
THE WAR ROOM
Strategy council lead by Dr. Stephen Hicks
9:00 am 5:30 pm
9:00 am: Roll call. Charlie Foxtrot overview.
Mission 1: "Being Human - On Identity Politics and Agency."
Tactical assignment: Are we autonomous individuals with the capacity to shape our own thoughts, values, and actions? The most consistent postmodernists reduce the humans to a passive vehicle through which collective identities flow.
Mission Objective: How can we respond to this identity challenge?
Short break - debrief
Mission 2: "Knowing Ourselves and the World: Objectivity or Strong Skepticism?"
Tactical assignment: Humans have a powerful mind for grasping complex realities, but it has limitations and is fallible. Strong skeptics - the postmodernists among them - take those limitations and fallibilities to imply that only subjective narratives exist, none ultimately better than any other.
Mission Objective: How can we respond to this epistemological challenge?
SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS
A Deep Dive into the Postmodernist Epidemic
Event 2 Schedule: Strategic workshop lead by Dr. Stephen Hicks
9:00 am - 5:30 pm (Dates TBA)
9:00 am: Stepping out from the herd
Postmodernism would have us believe that we are simply part of the pack - lacking in the capacity to shape our own thoughts, values, and actions. What implications does this belief pose and how can we respond to the rejection of individual identity? Q&A
Grappling for the truth
Humans have a powerful mind for grasping complex realities, but the mind has limitations. Postmodernism uses these limitations to crumble the notion of truth, and replaces it with blanket subjectivity, where no one opinion is more valid than any other.
How can we move forward with guidance, when faced with this meaningless standstill? Q&Af: Q&
Lunch (eateries on site or next to venue)
Striving for greatness
A meaningful life depends on the the capacity for individuals and society as a whole to strive and achieve success. Postmodernism denies that responsibility, by feeding the notion of a ceaseless oppression that will forever impede achievement. How does making achievement impossibly out-of-reach affect our future and what can we do about it? Q&A
Longing for freedom
Productive education seeks to cultivate the independent thoughts, creativity, tolerance, and respect for achievement that makes progress possible. Postmodernism penetrates universities and stifles this freedom and progress by enforcing rigid frameworks. What consequences does this create for society and how do we respond to this institutional challenge? Q&A
5:30 pm Book signing