foucault at eden.rutgers.edu
Sun Jan 22 23:57:13 MST 1995
Mr Schwartz (et al),
I would say that a return to the concrete could well benefit even the
theoreticians among us. I was also trying (less than successfully) to say
thatI felt the current foundationalism/overdetermination argument could
benefit by a return to the Marxian method of identifying conflicts, and
proceding from that point. So really the points are linked.
As for my interjection about conflicts, I am trying to say that there
is a basis in conflict identification for any argument to procede reasonably.
At the very worst, the argument could be reduced to a debate whether X is.
or is not a conflict, but could never reduce itself below that. My criteria
for conflict would be a major unhappiness of such duration or intensity to
appear structural in society. This would necessarily be relativistic, but
at least impose a clear and "scientific" criterion for argument.
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