5287Re: [Sartre] Anti-Americanism
- Dec 11, 2002However, to obsess over "consumer culture," as do the majority of American
critics (even the rabidly pro-American ones: see the bubbleheads on the Fox
News Channel) is also to ignore Sartre's very important theory of practical
groups, which, as Laing & Esterson cite in their "Sanity, Madness & Family,"
examines the discontinuity betw. praxis (what individuals that comprise
groups do) & process (what the group or group observers sees the group do).
Not that critics or observers should be taken to task for not knowing Sartre.
Our logical positivist philosophy refuses that very discontinuity; in other
words, the standard American & Western-Euro view is that there cannot
possibly be any discontinuity betw. what individuals do & what the group
accomplishes. It doesn't make "sense."
So, as far as our dominant world affairs policy, we see "terrorism" as the
amorphous mass that, for whatever reason, the terrorists see themselves
(maybe to the degree to which they've been, however much they deny it,
"Westernized"). In fact, such a view is really a matter of convenience, since
it allows some to wage war against an entire philosophical entity, rather
than a political or geographical one.
But what interests me more about this discontinuity project is that almost at
the same time Sartre was developing his theory, the Palo Alto project
(Bateson et al.) was developing its logical typing theory (discontinuity
betw. set & element: from Russell & Whitehead) with regard to schizophrenia.
I don't know yet of anyone that's commented on that.
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