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Stanley Fish on French Theory

I love the smell of Theory in the morning.

Boy, I still love that academic game -- can't teach comp forever. Taught the literature class tonight and had a ball.

Then I read this. Is it work to make new ideas and concepts, and apply them to new things? This is what the whole debate is about. Thinking is work. Yes, it is.

English professors think, talk, and write. This is what most academics do, but they don't want to admit it; some use their hands. There is one difference: a subset of English professors decided to question the limits of the human concept of Truth, which everyone "knows" but no one can define perfectly or show. That seems so self-evident, but some assumptions do not die easily.

So, some people say, "Jump off a hotel if you don't believe in the Truth!" That's gravity, not the concept of the Truth, which should, in fact, be targeted for intense investigation.

Why are peoples' reactions so negative here? It's amazing:


But that’s what theory’s empire has become. If you are sending your children off to college today, send them as far away from the humanities as you possibly can. Forgive, them, nay, praise them for their low grades in required humanity courses. It would suggest a mind willing to tell the emperor what he doesn’t want to hear.

— Posted by Walt

This is utter foolishness: ignorance as a badge of honor?

It's great to see people so interested, even if they're so negative. I don't care -- I'm an English professor and I love it, and society will always have a place for people who can teach good reading and good writing -- it's work.
 
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