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


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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).


I wouldn't disagree with this aside from the paradoxes that emerge when he tasks dialectics such as Hegel's master/slave, reading/writing, Levi Strauss' raw/cooked seem less than spurious and, even, revolutionary.

Of course, that's just my opinion and it's too much to go into as a late night tangent in a political thread here. It's refreshing to find people reading and actually confronting thinkers like Derrida and Foucault instead of completely dismissing them on flimsy premises.







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