wm72 New York/Roma Member since Mar 2010 4373 posts
re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically? (Posted on 11/11/12 at 10:36 pm to Bayou Sam)
quote: 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.
Bayou Sam LSU Fan Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Member since Aug 2009 4973 posts
re: What book has had the greatest influence on you politically and philosophically? (Posted on 11/11/12 at 10:43 pm to wm72)
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).