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Of course it's true that some postmodern-enthusiasts have gone to the direction you indicate, but that you seem to want to see the entire field of research as pseudo-scientific and anti-historical also shows where you're coming from.
I was just kidding. The idea that history has ended is something of a postmodern conceit though, mainly propogated by the American right who feel that history has come to an end in American capitalist hegemony.
I actually very much appreciate Baudrillard, his ideas about hyperreality and simulacra are very useful in critiques of modern culture, and Foucault and Barthes are useful too. Derrida's pretty worthless in my opinion though, deconstruction is just wordplay for people who can't perform textual analysis. Chomsky's stuff on postmodernism is very amusing, actually.
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