Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 00:34:40 -0800 From: djones-AT-uclink.berkeley.edu (rakesh bhandari) Subject: Re: The retreat of the "intellectual" Antonio quotes from *Bad Subjects*, put out by fellow graduate students here at UCBerkeley >. And so the left has also come to glorify the position of the marginal >and the victimized, because such a position, even if it is powerless and >ineffective, can at least claim the moral 'purity' of non-participation in >the offenses of the mainstream or dominant society. < In *Marx's Theory of Scientific Knowledge* Patrick Murray comments on how the morally superior critic, aside from being unable to account for his own purity, is as prone to seek the high ground of non-participation as to attempt to impose his morally superior vision upon the corrupted masses. Marxism degenerates into either a theoretical refuge or a totalitarian fantasy. Murray's analysis is a very important attempt to think through what the immanence of critique entails. It has provoked much rethinking on my part. (Two good reviews of Murray's book would be George McCarthy's in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, vol 20, no 4 [Dec 1990] and Irving Adler's in Nature, Society and Thought vol 4, no 1/2 .) At the same time, it is important to remember Wm J Blake's warning that Marxists can't be so anxious to bring down the capitalist flock of birds that we try to use shots in the mainstream left's locker. Some of them simply don't fit the Marxian rifles. Rakesh PS I think the title of this journal is taken from a phrase in one of Althusser's essays on ideology (though shouldn't one endeavor to become a nastay, instead of merely bad, subject?). There has been a serious debate about whether the Althusserian scientist maintains an elitist position vis-a-vis the "good subjects", those who have been hailed or whatever. Jacques Ranciere developed such a criticism in the early 70s and this criticism has recently been developed by Margaret Majumdar, 1995. Althusser and the End of Leninism. London: Pluto.
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