Re: Feral Cats and cimarron

From: James Rovira <>
Date: Thu Jan 02 2003 - 12:41:46 EST

Good post, Daniel, thanks.

Questioning assumptions is different from undermining them. Drawing out
conclusions from assumptions is also different from undermining them. I
think the Derrida who wrote _Of Grammatology_ had some messianic claims
going -- he did indeed intend to tear down an old system to erect a new.
 Seems like I read a 1991 interview (maybe later) in which he said we
simply accept that language works "by faith."
If we never go beyond that point, though, we're not really learning what
we can about language. We shouldn't be afraid to follow our questioning
as far as it will take us, knowing all along we may be on the wrong
path. You don't know until you get to the end of the path, though.


Yocum Daniel GS 21 CES/CEOE wrote:

>Good Freaking God :). Funny, Daniel, thanks. The second link...
>The attached article really gets at the whole idea of the feral, the
>semi-wild:semi-domisticated. You can be critical of what you read, you can
>ackknowledge the uncertainty of knowledge but the 'pattern' of uncertainty
>points to an underlining sureness. We can't get at the meaning directly it
>is 'observed' second or even third hand, and I think scientific types accept
>this sort of thing but the philosphers by their very nature are confounded.
>They look for answers but undermine the delivery system. They can't live
>with assumptions. But due to our finite nature we must accept assumptions
>not as some bullshit 'leap of faith' but as faith to get on with getting on.
>People like Derrida appear to see the problem but go to far, they burn down
>their own house. Maybe he is clearing for a rebuilding but I think there
>are better ways. The feral recognizes the nature of language and just
>accepts it. It allows you to really write. I don't always need a hat rack
>but I always find somthing to hang my hat on and a story without hat hanging
>is, well, crap. Waves rolling over a sea of meaining resting on the bedrock
>of the sureness of the sea floor.
>I guess this really has no meaning except the yours but don't turn your back
>because stalking cats take their quarry from behind.
>PS: I watched Fight Club, much better then I expected. I picture Salinger,
>and Derrida for that matter, fighting themselves.
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