It is forty years since postmodernism swept through the academy changing the character of the arts and social sciences, impacting everything from literary criticism to anthropology, art history to sociology.  Soon after it invaded culture generally as technical terms such as 'deconstruction' became mainstream.  Yet now its critics, including members of the British Cabinet, argue it ushered in an era of tribal conflict, woke culture, and populist deception and is at the source of a pernicious decline in reason and objective truth. 

Should we seek to reverse the changes that postmodernism brought about and overturn its attack on the intellectual tradition of the West?  Or was postmodernism a progressive force whose insights were largely correct?  Or do we need a new radical approach altogether?

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