cburford at gn.apc.org
Fri Apr 14 09:09:28 MDT 1995
> Date: Thu, 13 Apr 1995 22:07:51 -0600 (MDT)
> From: lisa rogers <lisa.rogers at m.cc.utah.edu>
> To: marxism at jefferson.village.virginia.edu
> Subject: Why phil
I continue to like you candour about what you feel you know and what you
don't. I think it is the basis of a Marxist approach to knowledge. I find
it much easier to concentrate on building up points of agreement that
way, rather than being bogged down in personalised conflicts.
Also, and please reject this if I am loading too much on you, I find your
apprach both dialectical and materialist.
But one point in your thoughtful commentary to Justin I don't agree with.
> This question, how to get selfish individuals to be nice to each other,
> is surely also of interest to socialists.
> Unless one just does not believe that people are like that....
No, I personally don't think people are like that. You may say I am name
calling but I think the very posing of the question this way is reductionist.
This list for example could only very woodenly and partially be analysed
from a theory that we are all selfish individuals.
I do think that in my field of psychiatry, and in Marxist politics, there
remain great distortions from people approaching the questions in a
mechanical and reductionist fashion. Sometimes it is the most sincere
people who do it.
Dear Justin: if you may reply to Lisa, I would like you to consider for
example presenting your argument in the way Lisa has, in some depth, with
the quotations grouped at the end. I find I really have a problem if text
and commentary are spliced in and out of each other often, as you
sometimes do, and I just lose the main argument, and merely pick up that
two individuals seem to be disagreeing with each other.
I don't know if this is a technical style of philosophical argument which
comes from trying to promote tight definition about the use of terms but I
would appreciate if you could consider other ways of getting your main point
across, as I would like to understand your analytical Marxist views
more fully. Many thanks for considering something like this. - Chris
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