dhenwood at panix.com
Tue Sep 27 12:31:28 MDT 1994
I apologize for having taken an extremely vulgarly determinist position.
Relative autonomy expresses my sentiments, though the degree of
relativity seems to vary highly. Specifically: how much autonomy are
intellectuals displaying today? It seems, in academia at least, that the
degree of relative autonomy is a function of distance from the economics
and politics departments; they keep the Marxoids in English where they
can do no serious harm.
Doug Henwood [dhenwood at panix.com]
Left Business Observer
On Tue, 27 Sep 1994, Andy Daitsman wrote:
> >ANdy Daitsman Wrote:
> >"sounds like relative autonomy to me," in reference to freedoms associated
> >to private groups and associations.
> >Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, shows that difference of opinion, and its
> >appearance, is not autonomy.
> Yeah, but it doesn't look to me like Phil is talking just about simple
> differences of opinion. As I understood him, intellectuals within academia
> help define culture, and culture in turn helps define the social formation.
> So the institutional independence of academia from direct control by the
> bourgeoisie (one of Phil's positions in his debate with Doug) can allow
> intellectuals to define culture in ways that contradict the interests of a
> sector or even the entirety of the bourgeoisie. In other words, relative
> Andy Daitsman
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