Stephen R. C. Hicks's Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault: A Discussion. 1. Introduction Readers of Stephen Hicks's Explaining Postmodernism (1) will find much to reflect upon and engage with in the pages of this lucid study of the background, themes, and consequences of postmodernist thought and practice. The book has already received lavish praise from Reason Papers founding editor Tibor R. Machan and it is easy to see why. (2) With clarity, concision, and an engaging style, Hicks exposes the historical roots and philosophical assumptions of the postmodernist phenomenon. More than that, he raises key questions about the legacy of postmodernism and its implications for our intellectual attitudes and cultural life.