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wm72
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?

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I like Order of Things (though I didn't finish it and don't agree with a lot of it), but never really got into Derrida.


Foucault is more accessible stylistically even if the concepts are certainly complex.

Derrida I wouldn't recommend the actual books themselves to anyone who's also not used to the condensed, elliptical philosophical writings of such as Hegel, Heidegger, Nietzsche etc. for much the same reason as I would personally struggle to get into some styles of scientific writing.






BTHog
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Member since Jul 2012
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?
Animal farm


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Bayou Sam
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Member since Aug 2009
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re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically?
Derrida makes Heidegger an easy read. Nietzsche isn't hard to read at all. Hegel, well.

At any rate, I take Derrida's basic point to be rather simple, and mostly correct, though I find his way of philosophizing extremely off-putting (he uses reductio ad absurdum an awful lots to construct what seem to me to be spurious paradoxes).


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