File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9806, message 61

Date: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 09:12:03 +1000
Subject: Re: Is French Philosopy a load of old tosh?

I would suggest one ailment, Peter (no offense, just a word of advice):
Get down off your cross!

Au revoir!

At 09:15 AM 6/30/98 +0100, you wrote:
>The following letter appeared today in the British daily newspaper The
>Guardian, in response to a letter yesterday from Antony Easthope. I wonder
>if anyone on this list would like to comment....
>"Antony Easthope opines that French philosophy shows us what it is like to
>live at the end of the 20th Century "more intimately and completely than
>anything else." Now that really is a load of old tosh. What has French
>philosophy to say about unemployment, poverty, child prostitution, drugs
>the state of our justice system or our disappearing democracy? Rien. Its
>rigid jargon and cumbersome neologisms preclude knowing anything either
>"intimately" or "completely". The only way French theory connects with late
>20th century life is in the philosophical support it gives to market
>Best wishes,
>Peter Gates
>Centre for the Study of Mathematics Education
>University of Nottingham
>Nottingham, NG7 2RD
>Great Britain
>Tel: +44 115 951 4432
>Fax: +44 115 979 1506
>The Centre for the Study of Mathematics Education
> incorporates the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education
>The web site for the First International Mathematics Education
> and Society Conference can be found at:


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