Postmodernism is best understood as a broad, multidisciplinary assault on the values of the Enlightenment, especially its ideal of objective human knowledge achieved through the exercise of reason in pursuit of universal truths. Postmodernist accounts of law are sceptical of formalism, essentialism, Utopianism, and even democracy. Nevertheless, postmodernist legal thought has an important political object. It attacks, amongst other contemporary phenomena, the overarching presence of the state, the increasing globalization of markets, and the universalizing of values. It has also promoted a new pragmatism that advances a set of economic, ecological, and political goals with special attention to the predicament of women, minorities, the dispossessed, and the poor. See also feminist legal theory.