Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fight This Generation!

Peter Gratton's review of Bernard Stiegler's Taking Care of Youth and Generations is up on Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. We've (okay, at least I've) been reading Peter's blog pretty obsessively for the last month. He concludes that Stiegler's book is a manual for how not to politicize mental health...

My take? Stiegler strikes me as another left Heideggerian worrying about 'education' and cultivating critical values without learning the lesson of Rancière's Ignorant Schoolmaster; he leaves aside whether this 'care' for educating the youth reinforces the social divisions that govern those-who-know and those who don't (in other words, French 'republicanism' does not equal 'democratic' thought).


2 comments:

David Tkach said...

Read my last blog post, written before I noticed the Rancière reference above: Synchronicity II!

Devin Z. Shaw said...

I did see that. I hope at some point you'll read a bit (more?) of his work so I can see what you think about Ranciere's persistent critique of Plato.