Professor of English Michael LeMahieu discusses mid-20th-century debates over the separation of "facts" and "values," showing that postmodern critiques often capitulated to the same dichotomy as the logical positivists they claimed to repudiate. LeMahieu suggests that returning to this critical juncture can help us move beyond the false dilemmas of postmodernism that inform a range of critical theory, from rhetoric and philosophy, to narrative theory and cultural studies.
LeMahieu is an assistant professor of English and associate chair of the English Department at Clemson University. His recently completed book manuscript, "Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975," traces the reception of logical positivist philosophy by American writers and intellectuals in the post-World War II period.
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