By Jon Cogburn
Friend of the blog Chris Bateman recently hosted a two part (Part One HERE and Part Two HERE) interview with Babette Babich about the fate of continental philosophy. As with many interventions by Babich, (1) readers are not unlikely to find it equally exhilarating and infuriating, and (2) Joe Bob says check it out.
The occasion of the interview is remarks by people like Brian Leiter and Barry Smith to the effect that there is no longer a distinction between analytic and continental philosophy, just one between good and bad philosophy.* Not surprisingly, good philosophy is the type done by friends of Leiter and Smith. Bad philosophy tends to be that which takes seriously the French post-structuralist tradition. When friends of friends of Leiter and Smith (e.g. Richard Rorty, Samuel Wheeler, Lee Braver. . .) take seriously the post-structuralists one either maintains a respectful silence or makes excuses in the way one later makes excuses for an embarrassing in-law at Thanksgiving Dinner.