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  •  The irony should make our heads hurt, (0+ / 0-)

    since most po-mos buy into some variation of the Kuhnian thesis that disciplines produce knowledge.  So asking that we consider the truth of the discipline apart from classroom practice, apart from the processes by which profs are creditialed, etc., is - literally - nonsense.  Marcuse would look at your diary and dig in w/ the red pen.

    There's a certain extent to which I enjoy the way conservatives have flipped po-mo anti-epistemology on its head.

    •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

      if you consider that the purpose of teaching a discipline is to produce more teachers of the discipline, of course. It's when the discipline actually turns out to have applications outside the classroom that you begin to wonder whether the purpose of teaching is to make them inapplicable.

      As to your point about "po-mo anti-epistemology" I think you're falling into your own trap if you imagine that "po-mo" is "anti-epistemology" in general, as opposed to critiquing certain epistemologies as historically constructed.

      Founder and CFO, The Giddiyap Society.

      by Trotsky the Horse on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 08:11:40 AM PDT

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      •  "as historically constructed" = externalist, (0+ / 0-)

        w/ indicia of reliability.  I don't think it's a stretch to consider po-mo epistemology an anti-epistemology, and I don't think they'd really disagree.

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