What is the meaning of “icon bashing as well as the next fellow” in the following text?

It implies that a large proportion of contemporary epistemologists, including myself, have been misguided in their researches, fighting under a false banner, engaged in a quixotic tilting at windmills. But though I enjoy icon bashing as well as the next fellow, I can't continue in this vein, lest I am guilty of false advertising myself. (Source)

The writer is saying first that epistemologists have been in a fight with an unreal enemy as in the Don Quixote story. First, I don't know what "icon bashing" means in this context. Second, I don't know what "the next fellow" means here. Does these refer to Don Quixote story too?

  • Enjoy—or not. books.google.com/…
    – TimR
    Apr 2, 2018 at 22:16
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    the next fellow = anyone, the average guy. I like beer as much as the next fellow means "I like beer as much as the average guy likes it.*
    – TimR
    Apr 2, 2018 at 22:38
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo So "as well as" here means "as much as"?
    – Sasan
    Apr 2, 2018 at 22:41
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    Native speakers often use as much as and as well as interchangeably.
    – TimR
    Apr 2, 2018 at 22:44
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    bashing means criticizing harshly without much form.
    – Lambie
    Apr 2, 2018 at 23:41

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"Icon bashing" = attacking popular ideas only because they are popular. Literally, it refers to destroying religious artwork.

"The next fellow" = "anybody else" or "the average person".

The author is not exactly saying that the enemy people are fighting is unreal but that they are attacking it mostly out of a desire to appear heroic.

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