Did you have Pat McGee? He was one of the only true Marxists I ever had at LSU. Couldn't stand him.
Yup. One of my favorites actually. It doesn't matter that I have drifted far from the territory of critical theory as a definitive practice/observation method, but my personal approach is the sum of my experiences, including those in, what I would call, more vulnerable times.
Of course, Marx influences lots of people in academia, because, well, Marx is an interesting philosopher. But then again I'm not a "critical theory" guy. I find lots of it stimulating and some of it very good, but the philosophers and theorists I read don't really come out of that Saussure-Levi Strauss-vaguely-Marxist-but-very-Hegelian camp.
True. As said above, I'm not really "a critical theory guy" anymore either; the attempts to blend cultural theory with philosophy, economics, political science, and epistemology were ambitious and fun, but they have also died with a distinct whimper of sadness.
My anger with the field, outside of the previously mentioned homogeneity, is more from the reproducible nothingness of its effects. Critical Theory, in the end (when it began to critique itself), became a vapid, completely pointless enterprise. Instead of acting on principles, it decided to break itself down. Instead of reorganizing under new banners and following media production into a new age of knowledge development, it withered in the throes of Marxism, post-post-racialism and completely ridiculous accusations about anyone aligned with conservative or traditionalist approaches.
The last few functions/displays/events that I attended near the end of grad school were just a left version of the worst of the PoliBoard. Grotesque displays of conservative thought with the backdrop of Bush as some diabolical genius of totalitarianism. And that's all they wanted to do.
It doesn't help that my voice shifted significantly to a more Burkian/Conservative/Hegelian mixture of Pragmaticism with a dash of unrelenting Romanticism. Weird I am.
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