Why is Nussbaum doing this and is it part of something larger in terms
of a power struggle/shift in alliance within the University system.
That was what I feel the need to know.
---Stuart Elden <Stuart.Elden@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Thanks for posting this. I think your 'over simplifies and misses
> is far far too generous. Nussbaum gets Butler wrong. Very wrong. Why?
> Either 1) she didn't understand it, but thought she did
> or 2) she did understand it, but felt better able to take on this
> or 3) she did understand it, but saw a virtue in misconstruing it
> make the point about bad writing stronger).
> Any other options?
> She also betrays a complete lack of knowledge of Althusser, grammar,
> structuralism, Gramsci, Foucault, etc.
> But I thought Nussbaum was an Aristotle scholar (and a good one).
Why is she
> getting involved?
> >>>rewrite of Butler's entry in the Bad Writing contest. For those
> >>>deleted Butler's entry, it follows:
> >>>"The move from a structuralist account in which capital is
> >>>structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a
> >>>hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition,
> >>>and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the
> >>>of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian
> >>>takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in
> >>>insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a
> >>>conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and
> >>>of the rearticulation of power."
> >>>Nussbaum's rewrite:
> >>>"Marxist accounts, focusing on capital as the central force
> >>>social relations, depicted the operations of that force as
> >>>uniform. By contrast, Althusserian accounts, focusing on power,
> >>>see the operations of that force as variegated and as shifting over
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