- What's postmodernism (and how do I explain it to engineers)?
- Okay, fine, you can't define postmodernism, so I'll provide a history of how it came to be. (Followed immediately by section 2.5, or: by the way, a postmodernist reading of the historical I just provided basically demands that I go "but that narrative isn't a single clear explanation either!"
- Comparison with other (probably more familiar) paradigms, including positivism aka "this is probably what you think science is."
- Parts 4-6 present some key ideas in postmodern thought, and how they relate to ideas familiar to engineers. The first one is power and agency (otherwise known as commit access)
- Then there's truth and meaning... (otherwise known as design reviews)
- ...and finally slicing and separations (otherwise known as black-boxing)
- Bringing it home: postmodernism as a language to describe aspects of engineering practice
- Finally, looking at educational studies as a place where the "postmodern turn" has already happened, and what engineering might learn from that.
Ignore my (horrible and inconsistent) citation practices. And yes, there are obvious "I wanted to keep writing so I stuck NOTES IN ALL CAPS HERE and moved on" markers. Look, I'm just... trying to... get this out, ok? It's taken me... a couple years, and I finally wrote all this in about 2 days.