Barthes

Corpsey

call me big papa
I'd be interested to know why it was France where Theory took off. Presumably I could find out if I lifted a finger?
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I'd be interested to know why it was France where Theory took off. Presumably I could find out if I lifted a finger?

It's the lineage of Continental philosophy, the traditions of the Sorbonne, the influence of Marxism on French post-war thought and the peculiar poetic properties of French prose.
 
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Corpsey

call me big papa
I'm reading Bertrand Russell's "My First Philosophy Book for 5 Year Olds" so I'm slowly getting to grip with the usborne history of thinking.

So far the only frenchman I've read about is Rousseau.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
On the plus side, there's Balzac, Catherine Deneuve, Mallarmé, the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, Emmanuelle 2 and Cannes.

Swings and roundabouts, Corpsey.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I'm reading Bertrand Russell's "My First Philosophy Book for 5 Year Olds" so I'm slowly getting to grip with the usborne history of thinking.

So far the only frenchman I've read about is Rousseau.

You should be more ambitious and read this book:

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jenks

thread death
Gilbert Adair did a kind of English version of Mythologies in mid eighties which I re-read recently. It was striking how much of the Bartesian POV had been assimilated into the mainstream between then and now.
 

version

Well-known member
It was striking how much of the Bartesian POV had been assimilated into the mainstream between then and now.
I guess this is why I enjoyed Mythologies, but wasn't bowled over by it. It reminded me of the kind of thing we were taught to do in English and Film Studies long before I'd ever even heard of Barthes.
 
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