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Subject: RE: The content and the context
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 10:30:08 -0300


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OK Hugo, I agree with you. La distance et la meconnaissance  -Bourdieu
dixit- sont tres liees a la reconnaissance. Dond je ne pourrais jamais faire
une critique moralisante a propos d'une telle curiosite a propos d'une
dimension aussi importante de la biographie ou la trajectoire vitale d'un
des protagonistes le plus important du champ intellectuel et politique de la
France contemporaine.

Bes wishes. Emilio
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> Enviado el:	Miércoles 19 de Mayo de 1999 06:41
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> Asunto:	Re: The content and the context
>
> At 08:13 PM 5/18/99 +0100, you wrote:
> >Oh, please, let's end with this 'celebrity' and 'morbid curiosity' talk.
> >What do you mean by a 'celebrity'? Of course he's not a 'Hollywood'
> >celebrity, but of course he's an 'intelectual' celebrity, one of the
> great
> >european intellectuals. What is this list for? Let me tell you:
> celebrating
> >his intellectual celebrity. We are just 'reproducing' it.=20
> >
> >The rationale behind your distinction is: "well, for the celebrities you
> >may have a morbid interest for their private life, but for the serious
> >guys, well, that's a taboo! Just matters what they wrote and produced".
> I'm
> >sorry, but :
> >
> >1=BA I cannot draw a boundary between the Bourdieu 'intelectual' and=
>  Bourdieu
> >'man': I think that Jen Webb has made it clear - my intellectual
> admiration
> >for Bourdieu's work means that I am emotionally tied to him. Until now
> (i'm
> >only 22), Bourdieu has been the sociologist and intellectual that
> >contributed more for my intellectual formation - so if he dies, I die a
> >little bit with him. If you know a 'magic' solution to separate the
> >'intellectual' admiration from the 'emotional' admiration, please tell
> me.
> >
> >2=BA  you cannot draw a boundary between an author's private life and an
> >author's work. Why is the family life of the artists and intellectuals
> >(more divorces, less children) much more unstructured than the family
> life
> >of the university professors (more children, lesse divorce - as Bourdieu
> as
> >shown us in 'Homo Academicus', english translation, p.36-37)? Why did
> >Anthony Giddens wrote 'Modernity and Self-Identity' after three years in
> >psychological therapy due to his second divorce? Why are the biographies
> of
> >Louis Althusser (in his case, auto-biography) and Michel Foucault so
> >important? Why are some of the most brilliant thinkers of our century
> >passed long moments of their lives in psychiatric asylums (Althusser,
> >Foucault, but also Weber, for example) or died using so radical methods
> >(Poulantzas or Deleuze, who commited suicide')? Are this uninteresting
> >questions? I think they are astonishingly revealing.
> >
> >Returning to Bourdieu - this is obviously a speculation, but: can't a
> >possible (serious) illness of Bourdieu - or simply his ageing process -
> be
> >related to the turning of his strategy as an intellectual, more engaged
> and
> >with more public and medicatic visibility than he enjoied during his past
> >professional career? Or that is just the 'logical' product of his
> 'purely'
> >intellectual trajectory, from the margins to the center of the field
> >(position that he obviously denies - the Swartz book has one or two
> >references on this point, Bourdieu seeing himself as an outsider...)?=20
> >
> >This questions are sociological, not the result of gossiping or 'morbid
> >curiosity'. If they sometimes overlap, that is probably because in every
> >meddler is a potential sociologist.=20
> >
> >Yours,
> >
> >Hugo Mendes
> >[ISCTE/Lisbon]
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>
> Hugo is right AND PUTS VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
> to reflect in spite of his young age. I agree to his points and I have to=
>  add
> that sometimes some ilnesses are made out of the intellectual condition
> of=
>  their
> subjects especially if they happen to be intellectuals. Cancers and=
>  circulatory
> problems are related to this intellectual condition. If that is the case
> with B.=20
> then the point of Hugo gains further importance and we all have to think=
>  again
> once more on the role that certain intellectuals have played or are still
> playing
> to our post-modernity. I believe that the intellectual work of a person
> is=
>  the=20
> reflection of his/her everyday life or personal life-style.
>
> Nikos
>
>
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RE: The content and the context

OK Hugo, I agree with you. La distance et la meconnaissance  -Bourdieu dixit- sont tres liees a la reconnaissance. Dond je ne pourrais jamais faire une critique moralisante a propos d'une telle curiosite a propos d'une dimension aussi importante de la biographie ou la trajectoire vitale d'un des protagonistes le plus important du champ intellectuel et politique de la France contemporaine.

Bes wishes. Emilio

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