Monday, October 11, 2004

Philosophy as Mold

What's the general take on Derrida's death? Any legacy left?

2 comments:

Adam Hardin said...

Derrida was destructive of philosophy in pointing out that texts are inherently unstable and open to multiple interpretations, and that philosophy was the same as sophistry which would bother Socrates.

His influence has faded a little, but of all the French Philosphers he was the most influential. They should have given the Nobel to him, and not to that unimportant Austrian novelist.

He did have a bad influence in that fiction writers would misread his work and then write absolutely convoluted obscure work in his name. His point is that writing clearly still gives rise to unstable text open to multiple interpretations.

Thinking on it again, of all the writers living he should have gotten the Nobel. They fucked up. They had a good twenty years before his death on friday to give him the Nobel.

Adam Hardin said...

Derrida was destructive of philosophy in pointing out that texts are inherently unstable and open to multiple interpretations, and that philosophy was the same as sophistry which would bother Socrates.

His influence has faded a little, but of all the French Philosphers he was the most influential. They should have given the Nobel to him, and not to that unimportant Austrian novelist.

He did have a bad influence in that fiction writers would misread his work and then write absolutely convoluted obscure work in his name. His point is that writing clearly still gives rise to unstable text open to multiple interpretations.

Thinking on it again, of all the writers living he should have gotten the Nobel. They fucked up. They had a good thirty years before his death on friday to give him the Nobel.