chapter  4
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Finding a ground for discourse

Oean Baudrillard, 1986: 9) Postmodernism has placed a tremendous strain on the traditional obligation that falls upon the author to layout the method that shall be followed in an analysis. Baudrillard claims that the best method is to travel - especially on America's highways, because they symbolize infinite circulation - or to watch a lot of TV. But Baudrillard is being disingenuous: his claim that there is no ground or referent to discourse is itself grounded in the Kantian legacy that holds that the thing-initself, the essential truth of any debate, is out of reach. Yet Kant ([1788] 1956, 1963) did not have the last word in philosophy, and there is no good reason to let Baudrillard have the last word in postmodernism.