Letter on Post-Structuralism and Truth

Several years ago now, a friend — or rather, the younger brother of a deceased friend — was beginning an MA in history, just as I was finishing my PhD in philosophy. He was concerned about post-structuralism, especially in the context of historical analysis and our current moment of political mayhem. He wrote,

“I’m trying to grapple with the linguistic turn and general post structuralist thinking about the relativity of truth and history as narrative. I realize this tradition has a certain liberating radicalism to it, going against diluted master narratives and…