[Critics of postmodernism think] that without a belief in transcendence we ‘would have no criteria of what counts as persuasive’. Huh? Come again? Why so? [They do] not say …. I say, Relax: the end of civilization is not near, and if there is a threat it comes from the barbarians already inside the gates, the modernists of Princeton or Pasadena.
What has come upon us is, perhaps, mostly due to our very own unshakable faith in modernism and a discipline deeply rooted in it; our unbreakable adherence to conviction, rather than persuasion and conversation.