Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Umpired Umbathy, Pathic and Pathological, Part II

  1. Proposition A: “Deleuze and Guattari are limiting”. 
  2. Proposition B: “Postmodernity is limiting.” 
  3. How would we discuss these propositions? 
  4. Is it possible to discuss them without reference to other philosophers or historical periods? 
  5. Is the other historical period by necessity the historical period we call the Enlightenment? 
  6. Are we comfortable saying “ Kant is NOT limiting,” or “The Enlightenment, and now, the intellectual heritage of the Enlightenment, is NOT limiting”? 
  7. As an example or case in point, (suggested through some of Christoffer’s posts): a. Captain Cook’s magnificent nautical explorations, discoveries, and adventures…Exploration, adventure, and discovery, Enlightenment-style. b. After a “disagreement”, Polynesians bash out Captain Cook’s brains. Questions: i. If Captain Cook had no notion of the otherness of the other, had Captain Cook explored anything, gone anywhere, discovered anything? ii. Is the postmodern emphasis on alterity and encounter vain? Or does it make exploration, adventure, and discovery possible for the first time?


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