RE: Rumsfeld Says He May Drop New Office of Influence

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Date: Tue Mar 12 2002 - 11:02:56 GMT

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            Hi Ned,

            <I have to disagree somewhat. Yes, its moved from the ivory towers,
    > it always was widely available to the general public on the street. Now
    > it seems that fewer people are asking philosophical questions. More
    > specifically, it may just be my perspective since I'm referring to folks
    > directly around me. Sure, I can find people on the Internet, but
    > face-to-face, it gets harder to find.>
            I'd agree. But remember we're now living in what many people would
    want to call a post-ideological era, where the "old" debates about left and
    right have disappeared, and an era where philosophical thinking has been
    heavily influenced by post-modernism, deconstructivism etc. etc. that have
    basically undermined ideas of grand theory- saying instead everything is
    theory nothing is real, value is relative etc. etc.

            There are those who argue vociferously against all of this (e.g.
    Sokal & Bricmont's 'Intellectual Impostures', Miller & Philo's 'Market
    Killing' are good reads), but whether it's true or not, I have to say I meet
    few students these days who seem to think about things in a deep sense
    (although maybe they just don't want to discuss it with me! [who can blame
    them shout the gallery]).


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