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Keywords:

  • postmodernism;
  • rationality;
  • alogosia;
  • fallacy;
  • rhetoric;
  • methodology;
  • Troll's Truisms;
  • Motte and Bailey Doctrines;
  • Equivocating Fulcra;
  • the Postmodernist Fox Trot;
  • Rankly Relativising Fields

Abstract: Many of the philosophical doctrines purveyed by postmodernists have been roundly refuted, yet people continue to be taken in by the dishonest devices used in proselytizing for postmodernism. I exhibit, name, and analyse five favourite rhetorical manoeuvres: Troll's Truisms, Motte and Bailey Doctrines, Equivocating Fulcra, the Postmodernist Fox Trot, and Rankly Relativising Fields. Anyone familiar with postmodernist writing will recognise their pervasive hold on the dialectic of postmodernism and come to judge that dialectic as it ought to be judged.