February 01, 2005

Hey Greg, Pass the Scotch...

B.D's being accused of blogging under the influence!

P.S. It's not true. Promise. (But this old post from 2003, if memory serves, may have been by way of a quasi-hungover dispatch).

UPDATE: Self-parody watch: "A small precaution: I am convinced of the essential epistemological correctness of anti-foundationalism."

Click through for more navel-gazing from a "free-floating intellectual." (Bonus: He's Berkeley-based!)

MORE: A philosopher prof writes in:

Is that guy a friend of yours? He sounds like a blowhard.

I cite:

"Moreover, it's pretty much hopeless to try to prove such a link, because the nature of irony and anti-foundationalism is that it occupies a null space: it demands silence as to positivity. Inasmuch as anti-foundationalism question all verities and destabilizes certainties, it should be pretty obvious that by definition it cannot be tied to any single set of positive beliefs".

Silence as to positivity! Whoohoo! In case you need a philosophy prof to tell you this, that is crap. You weren't saying that these lefty people drew direct logical inferences from postmodern theory (pity them if they tried!) You were saying that they were influenced in one way or another by it. Does this guy think that postmodern thought can't influence people? That it can't become associated, however loosely, with some political beliefs? Please. "Noooo, the text stands there in silence like a mocking mime!" Wasn't part of your point that PM's 'relentless silence as to positivity' made people suspicious of grand, optimistic visions? I also love Sullivan as the example of the ironic right-winger. No true ironist would post that sappy photo montage of the troops like he did the other day.

That said, I did think you went off the handle a bit in that post. I would have guessed it was blind rage at Ward Churchill, but maybe scotch is the better explanation.

Ward, not Johnnie, was to blame!


Posted by Gregory at February 1, 2005 02:08 AM | TrackBack (42)
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That was just painful to read, Greg. Please don't do that again.

Posted by: Section9 at February 1, 2005 04:42 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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