File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_1996/96-05-20.182, message 92

Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 10:45:43 +0000
Subject: Re: Matters bibliographic


My reading of Dave's - The Instant Intellectual - posting was that he was
being somewhat facetious, as opposed to factual. By suggesting that RBs
later books should be translated into English he was, I think, pointing out,
with some validity, the difficulty in understanding RBs work. However, in
RBs defence, difficulty of reading is a constant companion with most
philosophers. I mean what about Derrida, is his work any easier than RBs?
What about Lacan, Lyotard, Baudriallard et. al.? Zizek even. They are all
hard to get into, but once you lock into the language things loosen-up.
However, one point I think Dave and I do agree upon is that the the way to
understand RB is through his first book RTS. This, as Dave has put it to me,
is a 'non-negotiable starting point'. Without starting here the rest makes
little sense.

Hope this helps.


Colin Wight
Department of International Politics
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
SY23 3DA



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