Postmodernism and academic discontents

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Editor’s Note: The decline of American higher education is generally attributable to the institutionalization of ideologies that drove the countercultural revolution of the 1960s. But the provenance of those ideologies is in question. In a book review in the Winter 1994–95 issue ofAcademic Questions, David H. Hirsch posited the reliance of post-Vietnam radicals on the philosophizing of Martin Heidegger and on French antihumanists whose beliefs “cannot be dissociated from Auschwitz.” This essay disputes that assertion. So to vilify Heidegger, says Paul Gottfried, gives him too much credit. The editors ofAQ welcome Professor Gottfried’s perspective on the origins of our malaise. We have put his critique before David Hirsch, whose response to Gottfried follows this article.

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Gottfried, P. Postmodernism and academic discontents. Academic Questions 9, 58–67 (1996).

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