File spoon-archives/habermas.archive/habermas_2001/habermas.0102, message 6


Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2001 12:32:53 -0500
Subject: Re: HAB: The French Canadian Urban Middle Class context


If "Thom .", alias "therebeing", alias "E", is right, the only philosophers
I can read speak french, are canadian, live in big cities, and spring from a
sub-middle class context of thinking.

And if I dig very deep, maybe I'll find a determining praxis in my context
where the only position I can understand is, since I'm neighbor to the
all-pragmatic America, a theorizing that is "bottom-up" (whatever this
means, the important thing is that it's contextually-determining!)

Well, the good news is that I will be able to read all those books in a very
short time. But then, maybe "therebeing" will allow me, in a benevolent
rortyan gesture, the contemplation, in my "private" solitude, of unreachable
german thought. So I don't need to abandon my German lessons after all.


Martin Blanchard


Ps. Is this not symptomatic of a fuzzy, vague, logic concerning thought's
embeddedness in lifeworld? Habermas was never crystalline on this point.


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