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I have found that the best way to deal with high t...

2006-06-23T14:21:00.000-06:00

I have found that the best way to deal with high theory crap I don't understand is to look everything up in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - http://plato.stanford.edu/
The fact that the entries are more clear than the originial philosophers supports assertion that academics write opaquely because they are insecure.



Ahhh! I'm with you there.As if I needed any excuse...

2006-06-22T13:56:00.000-06:00

Ahhh! I'm with you there.

As if I needed any excuse... I was turned off on Derrida at the beginning of my doctoral program, when two of my colleagues (a couple years ahead of me and apparently jealous of my new kid status with our mutual advisor and spiritual leader Dr. TassePlein) chose to gang up on me mercilessly during a department-wide research colloquium, when I was first coming out with my research agenda.

Their efforts were intended to deconstruct everything and anything about the fundamental questions I was seeking to ask, as if to say, you can't even ask that, man... you can't get there from here... so, why don't you just give up, and crawl back under that rock you came out from, so nyaaah!

The two of them would take jaunts together to lectures by Derrida wherever he was expounding on the unfathomability and utter complexity of life and thought and toilet paper rolls. I tried reading some of his stuff at one point, once I had reconciled with those two colleauges, intent on facing my demons, but wound up just as turned off as before.

Like you, I suppose, High Theory is just not my bag.



"Theories of Righteous Indignation"Good turn of a ...

2006-06-22T13:30:00.000-06:00

"Theories of Righteous Indignation"
Good turn of a phrase.

i just recently found your blog, though now I don't remember how. My process has been the opposite of yorus - my academic training has been strictly historical, and all the critical theory has been something I picked up on the fly. It is equally frustrating, I think.