Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fallacy of misplaced opposition

Given Jordan Peterson's ill-informed criticism of Derrida, Ken Wilber had a similar critique. The latter got a lot of that from David Ray Griffin. So a reminder from Catherine Keller in the archive.

"David Ray Griffin’s general argument with deconstruction [...] suffers from a 'fallacy of misplaced opposition.' He does not however engage Derrida, who coined the term deconstruction, nor Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, or Julia Kristeva, or indeed any of the French theorists whom one thinks of as originators of the 'deconstructive postmodernism' to which this series offers the preferred alternative. Instead, he disputes with U.S. philosophers like Karl Popper, Wilfrid Sellars, and Keith Campbell. They are no doubt worthy opponents. Yet their questions, terms, and analytic methods simply do not represent what is known as 'deconstruction.' [...] For he has mounted the argument against a 'deconstruction' of his own invention."

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