[lbo-talk] popularizing philosophy

Jeffrey Fisher jeff.jfisher at gmail.com
Sun Aug 28 22:31:27 PDT 2011

along with this one, I could make a whole class out of it, probably.


On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM, Dennis Claxton <ddclaxton at earthlink.net> wrote:
> At 09:57 PM 8/28/2011, Jeffrey Fisher wrote:
>> But if you wrote that book on the colon, I might find a way to assign it.
>> :)
> How about this?
> http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=3835
> Written in Paris after the heady days of student revolt in May 1968 and
> before the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, History of Shit is emblematic
> of a wild and adventurous strain of 1970s' theoretical writing that
> attempted to marry theory, politics, sexuality, pleasure, experimentation,
> and humor. Radically redefining dialectical thought and post-Marxist
> politics, it takes an important­and irreverent­position alongside the works
> of such postmodern thinkers as Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, and Lyotard.
> Laporte's eccentric style and ironic sensibility combine in an inquiry that
> is provocative, humorous, and intellectually exhilarating. Debunking all
> humanist mythology about the grandeur of civilization, History of Shit
> suggests instead that the management of human waste is crucial to our
> identities as modern individuals­including the organization of the city, the
> rise of the nation-state, the development of capitalism, and the mandate for
> clean and proper language. Far from rising above the muck, Laporte argues,
> we are thoroughly mired in it, particularly when we appear our most clean
> and hygienic.
> Laporte's style of writing is itself an attack on our desire for "clean
> language." Littered with lengthy quotations and obscure allusions, and
> adamantly refusing to follow a linear argument, History of Shit breaks the
> rules and challenges the conventions of "proper" academic discourse.
> About the Author
> Dominique Laporte, who died in 1984 at the age of thirty-five, was a
> psychoanalyst and the coauthor of Français national: Politique et practiques
> de la langue nationale sous la Révolution Française.
> And has no one written a history of the word fuck?
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQbsnSVM1zM
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