Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson

Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson


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Jordan Peterson rocketed to fame in the 2010s and has preached on everything from the evils of postmodern neo-Marxism to the mating habits of lobsters ever since then. The Left has since leveled many criticisms about the Canadian psychologist, characterizing him as everything from are apologist for the alt-right to simply not being interesting or profound. Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson is intended as a comprehensive critical look at all aspects of his thought, from the philosophical depths to the mundane heights. Written by four authors who each look at a different element of his thought, it shows Why taking Peterson seriously doesn't mean embracing him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789045536
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 375,215
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.67(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Ben Burgis has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Miami. He is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared in publications such as and in Prime Books. Burgis now teaches at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Conrad Hamilton is a doctoral student at Paris 8 University, currently developing a thesis on the relationship between social agency and the value form in the works of Marx under the supervision of Catherine Malabou. He is also a contributor to Zero Books' What Is Post-Modern Conservatism: Essays On Our Hugely Tremendous Times, publishing in 2020. He lives in Paris, France.

McManus worked for the Committee for International Justice and Accountability. He completed his PhD in 2017. He is the editor of What Is Post-Modern Conservatism: Essays On Our Hugely Tremendous Times. He lives in Monterrey, Mexico.

Marion Trejo is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. She completed her Bachelors in International Relations at Tec de Monterrey and her Masters in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is co-author of Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson, to be released by Zero Books in 2020. She lives in Monterrey, Mexico.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xii

Jordan Peterson as a Symptom…of What?: By Slavoj Zizek 1

Introduction 19

Part I Peterson, Classical Liberalism and Post-Modernism: By Matthew McManus 23

Chapter 1 Intellectual Roots 25

Peterson and the Inner Life

Man's Search for Meaning 31

The Emptiness of Post-Modernity 36

Chapter 2 The Generation of Meaning 47

The Structure of Maps of Meaning

The Idealist Dialectic Between Order and Chaos Part One: Theoretical Overview 53

The Idealist Dialectical Between Order and Chaos Part Two: The Divine Father and the Great Mother 58

The Return to Good and Evil 62

Concluding Thoughts and the Turn to Justice 67

Chapter 3 Jordan Peterson, Classical Liberalism and Conservatism 70

The Individual and Society

On Lobsters and Labour: The Social Necessity of Hierarchy 76

Cleaning One's Room Before Putting the World in Order 83

Concluding Thoughts on Petersonian Politics 91

Chapter 4 The Critique of the Left 94

Comrade Marx, Post-Modern Neo-Marxism and Saint Peterson Part I

Comrade Marx, Post-Modern Neo-Marxism and Saint Peterson Part II 96

Chapter 5 Conclusion 102

The Reactionary Impulse and Post-Modernity

What Can the Left Take Away from Jordan Peterson? 104

Part II Peterson's Reckoning with the Left: By Conrad Hamilton 107

Introduction 109

Chapter 6 Peterson's Showbiz Roots, OR from the Lecture Hall to Hollywood 111

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Peterson

Myth, Mayhem and Biology 113

Peterson's Primordial Patriarchy 117

Maps of Public Funding 119

The Birth of Controversy 123

Conclusion: Political Correctness, Prejudiced Directness 132

Chapter 7 Exoteric and Esoteric, OR the Terrible Intensity of Peterson 134

Janus-Faced Fascisms

Peterson's Illiberal Liberalism 136

The Psychoanalytic Structure of Disavowal 142

The All-Devouring Archetype 145

Conclusion: Peterson's Forsworn Shadow 150

Chapter 8 The Spectre of Post-Modern Neo-Marxism 152

Marx's Steady Haunting

The Rhetorical Figure of Communism 153

When in Need, Invent a Neologism 155

Peterson's (Non-) Reacting of Derrida 157

Différance and DNA 164

Derrida Contra the Althusserian Apparatus 168

Ghastly Evaluations 172

Peterson, Derrida and Big 'B' Being 174

Chapter 9 The Rebate of the Century, OR How Zizek Could've DESTROYED Peterson 178

The Great Debate: Origin and Structure

Proposition 1 History is to be viewed primarily as an economic class struggle 181

Proposition 2 Marx believes that all hierarchical structures exist because of capitalism 183

Proposition 3 Marx doesn't acknowledge the existence of nature 184

Proposition 4 Marx believes history can be conceived as a binary class struggle between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie 185

Proposition 5 Marx assumes that all good is on the side of the proletariat and all the evil is on the side of the bourgeoisie 185

Proposition 6 That the dictatorship of the proletariat must be brought about as the first stage of communist revolution 186

Proposition 7 Nothing that capitalists do constitutes valid labour 187

Proposition 8 Profit is theft 189

Proposition 9 The dictatorship of the proletariat will become magically productive 191

Proposition 10 Marx and Engels admit that capitalism is the most productive system of production ever, yet still wish to overthrow it 193

Conclusion: Buying and Selling Ideology 194

Part III Peterson on Feminism and Reason: By Marion Trejo and Ben Burgis 195

On Peterson's Anti-Feminism: By Marion Trejo 197

The Use of Radical Feminism as a Synecdoche for Feminism

The Mischaracterization of Patriarchy as Tyranny 200

The Misrepresentation of Gender Equality and the Use of Natural Order to Justify Gender Differences 204

The Recourse to a Male Victimization Narrative to Displace Women's Issues 207

On Lobsters, Logic and the Pitfalls of Good Rhetoric: By Ben Burgis 209

Endnotes 225

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