Re: Foucault and Dewey

On Sat, 29 Jan 2000, Clare O'Farrell wrote:

> Richard Rorty has done some work comparing Foucault and Dewey which may be
> of interest to you. Anybody out there know specific titles of Rorty's work
> in this regard?

Well, there's his most recent book, _Achieving Our Country_, the basic
thesis of which may be summed up as "Foucault bad, Dewey good". I don't
think he actually says much, if anything, about Foucault in there, though;
he just uses the phrase "Foucauldian left" to refer to what is usually
called the "cultural left" or whatever. He spends a few pages slandering
Foucault--with Dewey always at least lurking in the background--in each of
_Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity_, _Essays on Heidegger and Others_,
and _Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth_ (in the latter he ascribes a
"longing for total revolution", which Dewey lacks, to Foucault and

Rorty's lack of charity toward, not to say deliberate misreading of,
Foucault, is, to put it mildly, very aggravating.


---Matthew A. King---Department of Philosophy---York University, Toronto---
dear readers, my apologies.
I'm drifting in and out of sleep.

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