Re: [mythsoc] Theory and the hermeneutic circle P.S.
- In a message dated 9/3/2002 11:15:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> But this sort of bias is _not_ the same as bias that deliberatelyWell, I don't think most bad theorists DELIBERATELY distort the meaning of
> distorts the clear meaning of text in order to advance a
> psycho-socio-political agenda.
the texts they study. They do it because they're not very good at using
their tools. But they aren't evil -- just, in too many cases, insufficiently
sensitive or intelligent. Remember, people certainly don't go into literary
criticism for the fame and fortune. They do it because, at some point in
their lives, they genuinely loved books (even if in all too many cases, the
academy beats that right out of them).
So the question is, "Are you a *good* theorist, or a *bad* theorist?"
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- On Tuesday, September 3, 2002, at 02:33 PM, SusanPal@... wrote:
> Well, I don't think most bad theorists DELIBERATELY distort theAgreed. Most distort the texts as an unconscious reflex, due to
> meaning of
> the texts they study.
- From: <SusanPal@...>
>And Dorothy replied, "I'm not a theorist at all!"
> So the question is, "Are you a *good* theorist, or a *bad* theorist?"