"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
The poor fools. Suckered by our examples, and by those sandwich board-type promotions--"Philosophy, it's everything you want to be!" As if Kant were lazik surgery on your grey matter, as if Confucius were a white-bearded caddie guaranteed to take ten strokes off your mental putting games. (Really, what is it to putt?) I distinctly remember the whole enterprise being explained to me by a fellow bookstore worker as a respectable alternative to dropping out, like homelessness, but with a dorm room. Sounded ideal: nothing useful about it. One can only hope that philosophy fights back against this instrumentalization. Indeed, I await a class-action lawsuit on the matter filed by the firm of Foucault, Foucault, and Derrida.
But what does this really mean, SER?
And Pat Buchanon, William Bennett, Dennis Miller, Phil Jackson, James Michener, Amy Madigan, Rudi Giuliani, Pope John Paul II, Alex Trebek, Harrison Ford, Stone Philips, Susan Sarandon....Lists here and here
Have you guys checked out the Postmodernism Generator? Produces random meaningless texts that read like criticism. I would think philosphy majors would dig it -- this English major sure did!"like homelessness, but with a dorm room" was sweet
Awesome link, Grendel. "Thus, the absurdity, and eventually the rubicon, of Sontagist camp prevalent in Gibson’s Idoru emerges again in All Tomorrow’s Parties."
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