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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Its a bit more than that. No one is idolizing anyone and this shows a misunderstanding of what is going on in postmodernism.

    I want to be a serious writer and contributor in the coming academic and social movement. Some call it postsecularism, postderridian, postheideggerian etc... but to this end, we must come to grips with what has been done to English, Religion and Philosophy in the postmodern period if we are to continue to grow and understand the phenomena that is taking place and will be taking place. Critical theory and continental philosophy are not things to be understood like history (although I realize history is more than this)... they are the tools we need, as a community, as scholars, to jump to the next platform, as it were. A scholar in today's society needs to be able to come to grips with continental philosophy because it has formed the period we are currently working in and is the ladder rung we need to continue thought. If we cannot understand that then we will be lost in the wash when it comes to working with materials that have formed western thought (The Bible, Platonic Canon, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Bhagavad Gita, Tao Teh Ching, Aristotle, Pre-Socratics, Cicero, St. Augustine, Quintilian, Shakespeare, Derrida, Heidegger, Nietzsche etc...) and thereby be out of time and arbitrary.

    I realize you did not prod expecting this kind of answer but I felt a need to justify my position after reading your response.
    You know what? I'm bored, so I'm actually going to reply to this.

    My problem with critical theory is that it emphasizes the secondary, and not the primary. I would rather read Shakespeare, and look at Picasso than read Badiou or listen to Derrida. I study art and literature to quite a high level and I take much more from the artist's works than from the theorists who try and chip in later. Staring at the century's greatest works of art, or reading Keats, Baudelaire, or Eliot makes me reflect on the world around me and my place within it. I am filled with a sense of their genius and their position as unique human beings. Critical theory on the other hand is like entering a Borgesian labyrinth of mirrors where things endlessly reflect themselves yet paradoxically remain quite dull at the end of it. Obviously I don't know you, but I've also noticed that the people who solely study critical theory often end up quite boring people. I'm just making generalisations and you probably don't fall into this camp, but sometimes they are the people who weren't very good at English Literature so ended up doing philosophy/crit. theory. Creative, progressive thinking interests me, not going round in circles.

    The masters I'm doing is actually based on theories and interpretations so I have a reasonable working knowledge of them. However, they are just tools, and to concentrate on them is to mistake the scaffolding for the object. It's almost a mystical thing, mistaking the ego's outer layers for the essence within.

    Basically I would rather read an article by an art historian with a knowledge of continental philosophy, than a professor of continental philosophy trying to write on art. Those kind of articles are never very good. Yes, it makes you an "informed academic" - and I know some very smart people going down the critical theory route - but its essentially tossing off to someone else's intellectualism. It's separatist and not very engaging.

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