SELECTIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM AND CONFORMISM OF MEANING

There is a group of “philosophy”-oriented blogs that I have fallen into the habit of reading that are maintained by people who are not at all interested in philosophy for its own sake, but who espouse OOO (or naturalism, or materialism) in order to give philosophical scope and substance to their elucubrations on politics, culture, and life in general. Yet as soon as the discussion bears on their philosophical foundation they suddenly become vociferously anti-philosophical and anti-intellectual, declaring all that stuff to be empty and useless in the light of political struggle, scientific progress, and the claims of real life. Their wholesale  condemnation of “philosophy” is merely an exclusion of rival philosophical interpretations, and of interpretation in general. The demand for a philosophy applied to the real world is a conformist insistence on situating oneself inside a set of recognisable leftist or scientistic or post-intellectual significations. Yet it is this very denial of interpretation that ensures that such thinkers are not only naive and self-contradictory, but also irrelevant. Their requirement of applicability is just a new version of the condition of meaning-invariance that the empiricist ideology tried to impose on the sciences, their history and methods.

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3 Responses to SELECTIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM AND CONFORMISM OF MEANING

  1. Yes, I agree. Well said!

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  2. Very well said, Agent Swarm
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  3. landzek says:

    It’s the ‘I just want to hear my own opinion and the opinions that agree with me’ conventional method of philosophy. :)).

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