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Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

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Feynmann, John von Neumann, and Mental Models

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Nazi Rules for Regulating Funk ‘n Freedom

The Early History of Modern Computing: A Brief Chronology

Computing Encounters Being, an Addendum

On the Origin of Objects (towards a philosophy of computation)

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The Nightmare of Digital Film Preservation

Richard Petti on Occupy Wall Street: America HAS a Ruling Class

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Bill Benzon on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Norma on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Bill Benzon on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

john balwit on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

William Ray on That Shakespeare Thing

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JoseAngel on That Shakespeare Thing

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Theory’s Empire: Quick Hits

Posted by Scott Eric Kaufman on 07/26/05 at 05:22 PM

Behold!  Yet another exercise in the fine art of the semi-topical link!  I’ve penned two of them: the first responds to Sean’s comment on the value of structural homologies with a discussion of the Charleses Darwin and Babbage, Robert Chambers and monstrous births.  The second is bi-semi-topical: it looks back to the issues I raised about Theory’s Empire by looking forward to the issues I will raise about The Literary Wittgenstein.

Michael Berube discusses the response to the Theory’s Empire event in this week’s installment of “Theory Tuesday.” An impressive discussion of Roman Jakobson and structuralism follows. 

Kriston of the Grammar Police discusses the event and informs us that if we like Theory’s Empire we may also like the first two seasons of Saved by the Bell.

Prof. Camico--who’s excellent blog Academic Splat! is for some inexplicable reason not on The Valve’s blogroll [Done. - the editor] --confesses that while he’s not much of a theory-head, he may know the best way to learn theory. 

ADDITIONS: Chris Cagle places himself squarely between Berube and Holbo over on Left-Center-Left.

As usual, if there are any posts I missed, email me and I’ll rectify the situation.


James Wood, last seen commenting at The Reading Experience, says Get Real over at The New Republic

By on 07/27/05 at 09:01 PM | Permanent link to this comment

But does he mention our TE event? No?

By Jonathan on 07/27/05 at 09:55 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Today’s WSJ Leisure&Arts includes [Mich St’s] James Seaton’s review of Thoery’s Empire. Mostly nonnoteworthy; the most cogent bit:

“A sign that things may be changing is ‘Theory’s Empire,’ edited by Daphne Patai and Will Corral. Its 47 contributors patiently dissect all aspects of Theory, from its putative grounding in the ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) to the practical effects—say, in India—of the postcolonial (’poco’) branch of Theiry, which does so much to denigrate logic and reason.
“Valentine Cunningham, Raymond Tallis and other contributors show how much theorists distort Saussure’s insights. Contrary to what the theorists claim, the arbitrary aspects of language as a syste (langue) in no way imply that individual speech acts (parole) must be likewise arbitrary and thus incapable of communicating truths. ‘The confusion between the system and its use,’ notes Mr. Tallis—e.g., between the arbitrary rules of syntax and the particular meaning of a sentence—is ‘especially unforgivable in writers who claim to be familiar with Saussure, as it was one of the latter’s great achievements to distinguish these things.’”

(Nor does he mention TheValve.)

By on 08/04/05 at 10:29 AM | Permanent link to this comment

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