[lit-ideas] Re: Presumptions

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:43:34 +0100

It's interesting that for some reason Derrida was particularly popular in
the departments of English literature, and especially in the United States.
(He wasn't that popular in France.) Now most of the staff in English lit in
the US deps were and are women. He is also said to have been good-looking.
As for his "there is no truth, everybody has an opinion" philosophy it is
quite unoriginal (but in the departments of English lit they probably
wouldn't know that) and naive. People can only adopt such an attitude when
they are persuaded that what they do or think makes no practical difference
anyway. As soon as any issue has practical repercussions for 'real life'
nobody is going to adopt this relativist attirude.


On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 9:57 AM, Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>

> >It is the usual way to bully a real question “but how do you know that x?
> can you prove that x?” and so forth. Standardized moves of derrida’s whores>
> Charmed to learn that when Derrida went to his whores they typically
> engaged in philosophe banter and other acts of intellectual stimulation.
> How very French. No wonder they all have whores.
> Dnl
>   On Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 7:04, Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>  It is the standard bullshit of high school bullies, it is often fenced
> off by “in my opinion” as in “in my opinion, it helps not to be an idiot,
> but of course others have others opinionions, blah, blah, blah, blah
> It is the usual way to bully a real question “but how do you know that x?
> can you prove that x?” and so forth. Standardized moves of derrida’s whores
> *From:* lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
> lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Omar Kusturica
> *Sent:* 11 February 2015 00:07
> *To:* lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* [lit-ideas] Re: Presumptions
>  Obviously it would be presumptous to say anything about this.
>  O.K.
>  On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM, Redacted sender Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx for
> DMARC <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In a message dated 2/10/2015 3:21:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx uses the Oxford comma, and writes in
> "Truth,  Justice,
> and the American Way":
> I would sure hate to get all worked up only  to realize that what I was all
> worked up over was just mis-presumption on my  part
> Presumably, you are right. I mean, you would sure hate that.
> On the other hand, if there was something the Romans had but the Greeks
> didn't is 'præsumptiones', but as Palma would have, it, 'nothing to be
> presumptuous about, you know'.
> Cheers,
> Speranza
> presumption:
> mid-13c., "seizure and occupation without right," also "taking upon
> oneself more than is warranted," from Old French presumcion (12c., Modern
> French
> présomption) and directly from Late Latin praesumptionem (nominative
> praesumptio) "confidence, audacity," in classical Latin, "a taking for
> granted,
> anticipation," noun of action from past participle stem ofpraesumere "to
> take
>  beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sumere "to take" (see exempt
> (adj.)). In English, the meaning "the taking of something for granted" is
> attested from c.1300. Presumptuous preserves the older sense.
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