“Platonic Reconstruction” by Stanley Rosen

Stanley Rosen, “Platonic Reconstruction,” in Hermeneutics as Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989): pp. 50-86.

[In] Hermeneutics as Politics, perhaps the most important critique of post-modern thought ever written… Rosen illuminates the underpinnings of post-modernist thought, providing valuable insight as he pursues two arguments: first, that post-modernism, which regards itself as an attack upon the Enlightenment, is in fact merely a continuation of Enlightenment thought; and second, that the extraordinary contemporary emphasis upon hermeneutics is the latest consequence of the triumph of history over mathematics and science.

Rosen’s essay is one of the most brilliant and acute analyses of deconstruction ever written.


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