Dear Ken,


I must say you are the only one I've encountered who doesn't see the radical nature of Derrida's philosophy of différance; using the French word has a purpose: it has more meanings than the English word difference, one of being deferral.


The adjectives "ponderous" and "fashionable" offer nothing in the way of critique; Aristotle was ponderous and fashionable in his time. You might just say you don't like Continental philosophy and be honest about it.


Postmodern philosophy is anything but German idealism; it's post-Kantian, deriving from Heidegger's phenomenology, which is different from Husserl's dualism. 


> Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:08:18 -0500
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> Subject: Re: Eliot's poetry: the medium & the message
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> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Ken, if I say "red is a color but so is pink" am I establishing a 
> > binary relationship or describing difference?
> Uh huh, I get it. But if you say, "I'm sorry but I simply see 
> difference where you see opposition," you are, in your terms, 
> "establishing a binary relationship." Get it?
> > 
> > I find that many people think of differences as oppositions, as if 
> > they can't think beyond duality
> To be honest, you're the only person I know who doesn't see that 
> some differences aren't oppositional and some are. One can reasonably 
> dispense with neither, ponderous German idealists and fashionable French 
> deconstructionists notwithstanding.
> Ken
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