Colin Wight wrote:
> But this is exactly the problem. Explain why your borders apply and what
> justifies them and we can debate them. Without this the relativism and
> nihilism that you claim is a straw position is, on the contrary, a reality.
> For if I have my answer and you have yours, but mine involves the
> destruction of large ammounts of people how are you going to persuade me or
> anyone else that my practice is wrong?
As far as I can see, the problem is that at the end of the day these
matters are rarely resolved by argument and persuasion, which is why
Foucault regarded 'politics as the continuation of war by other means'.
I mean I still come across Profs
> teaching undergraduates that postmoderns (and Foucault is generally dragged
> out here as an example) think that there is no such thing as truth. Nothing
> could be further from the truth in F's case. Still, the undergrads, who
> after all are only here to regurgitate what they are told, take this at face
agree with this completely...for what its worth.
Murray K. Simpson,
Department of Social Work,
The University of Dundee,
Dundee DD1 4HN,
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