It's common to hear "postmodernism" used as a snarl word against an ill-defined lump of ideas and attitudes hostile to the idea of objective truth and standards. I sympathize with this but also recognize that this is an inadequate conception of postmodernism. In this article I talk about what it is, what it's often used to mean, and how we need words to refer to vulgarized academic ideas. Read more (17 min, 4200 words).
Just like we can take partial derivatives of mathematical functions, we can tell partial stories about the world and how it works. The problem is that stories always leave a lot out, and those leftovers might form someone else’s story.Read more (2800 words)