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The first half of the rematch

I wasn’t planning on this, writing something about the first US Presidential election debate between the current US President, Joe Biden, and the previous US President, Donald Trump, but I thought why not. I mean it’s topical and something that I can do, off the cuff. Plus, as I believe I have mentioned before, I […]

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Milling and grinding

To pick up where I left off, something else has also changed about students. Okay, maybe it hasn’t changed, and it’s only me, and my experience, but as this is also my essay, it’s only fair that I get to say that. You can write your own essays and disagree accordingly. Anyway, having taught on […]

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Lacan’t or won’t?

So, I went through H.P. Grice’s text ‘Logic and Conversation’ in the previous essay, covering his take on pragmatics. I left it at that, not really getting into it deeper, so its shortcomings weren’t really covered. Sure, I did make note of what Grice concedes here and there, namely that people, in general, don’t actually […]

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Grice Grispies

I keep returning to Jean-Jacques Lecercle’s article ‘The Misprision of Pragmatics: Conceptions of Language in Contemporary French Philosophy’. I return to it not because I don’t understand it and have to keep reading it, again and again, as if it was beyond me, but because of the stuff I read, or, rather come across on […]

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Plug in

If my memory serves me, it’s in ‘Gilles Deleuze from A to Z’, a series of conversations with Claire Parnet, that Deleuze expresses his opposition to schools of thought (see “‘P’ as in Professor” and “‘W’ as in Wittgenstein”). He lists, among others (that we could think of here), Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger and Jacques […]