Here’s some more philosophy camp mudslinging brought to you by Brian Leiter

Over at the always gossipy Leiter Reports, Leiter has his readers comment on the opening quote from a review of Simon Skempton’s new book Alienation After DerridaHere’s the review.

Gotta love this gem, from the comments section:

Certainly, it is heart-breaking for those of us who would like Continental philosophy to be taken more seriously, but how do you argue with people for whom “reason” and “argument” (like “sameness” and “identity”) are simply terms in a “hegemonic discourse” they have left behind? And, if they can shrug off the Sokal hoax and take Alain Badiou seriously, they are obviously past being laughed back into sanity by a sense of the absurd. So I think that all the rest of us can do is to keep out of their way and leave them to patronize one another to their hearts’ content.

This sure sounds like a well-reasoned, rational, non-patronizing plan to me!  Remember, this comment was made in the context of a discussion (however loosely defined) concerning the problems with making sweeping generalizations about philosophy.

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