Date: Sat Nov 13 2004 - 07:16:44 EST
> >This review gives the citation and it comes from an article/ > >interview called "Politics and Friendship." Regarding Althusserian > >Marxists, Derrida commented: > >"there was, let's say, a sort of theoretical intimidation: to formulate > >questions in style that appeared, shall we say, phenomenological, > >transcendental or ontological was immediately considered > >suspicious, backward, idealistic, even reactionary." Antonio, Without arguing with what you wrote, my guess is that the above quote has to be contextualized within the French academy during the 1970's. After all, no where else was the influence of Althusserianism as strong during that period. I guess we all have experience in academic milieus where an intellectual tradition (mainstream or otherwise) can be (intentionally and/or unintentionally) intimidating. Perhaps also Derrida was the type of individual who could be personally intimidated rather easily? After all, there are many other radical intellectuals (we all know some) who can find some intellectual, professional, and political exchanges to be personally intimidating and hence these individuals often withdraw from or avoid such confrontations. Admittedly the above is partially speculative, but it does seem to be a plausible interpretation, imo. In solidarity, Jerry PS: > Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Professor of Economics Who are or were Sigmund M and Mary B. Hyman?
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