Lurking/Swarming Logocentrism

Michael Calvin McGee michael at mcgees.net
Sun Oct 8 19:01:35 EST 2000


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Actually, Scott, they are in a separate bin from his deconstructive work.
They came lately, as a result of "charges" that deconstruction, as a
theory/method of interpreting texts and the world-as-text, ignored
problems of power.  And they do not present new alternatives, which one
would hope to be the result of methodical interpretation.  They are
instead the tired responses of (French) socialism. Yes, JD has a politics
and is capable of writing about particulars.  Yes, he has a good if
metaphysical theory of interpretation.  Are the two connected in more than
a patch-work fashion?  I think maybe, but I believe there are many who
doubt.

But this misses the point.  I'm all wrong, Scott.  I screwed up royally.
I said something about JD that wasn't true.  I deserve to be risibled.

Now what does that have to do with the main question of the thread?  Do
you or don't you think that we may profit in bringing JD and KB into
conversations about logocentrism/logology TOGETHER, finding/framing issues
in much different ways than they might be found/framed by "going it alone"
through either writer's mind?

Once we get that one thought out, we might ask similar questions about KB
and Baudrillard, KB and Lyotard, KB and Eco.  The dialogue will then have
been far more meaningful, far more useful to me, anyway, than contrasting
very specific readings of KB passages and highly generalized "articles of
faith" supposedly shared by "postmodernists."

michael

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From: owner-kb at purdue.edu [mailto:owner-kb at purdue.edu]On Behalf Of Scott
McLemee
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 9:21 AM
To: kb at purdue.edu
Subject: Re: Lurking/Swarming Logocentrism


Michael Calvin McGee writes:

>I intended to provoke, and I know all about the underlying
>thin-skinned-ness of JD defenders/promoters who tire of charges that a
>French metaphysician is less into politics than he should be.

Well, I don't know much about Derrida's flunkies (not being inclined to
keep
up with his work any more, much less what you folks in the universities do
with or about it).  But some passionately anti-JD friends in Paris insist
quite the opposite:  that he's far too political in the worst sense, a
water-carrier for the Socialist Party, pretty much.  In any case, the
notion
that Derrida is some kind of depoliticized navel-gazer is risible.  The
essays and interviews about apartheid, racism, the EU, drug abuse, the
Gulf
War, and the funding of philosophy as part of the high-school
curriculum --
whatever you think of them, these aren't exactly the writings of an
unpolitical man.  Nor are they in a seperate bin from his deconstructive
work.


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