Monday, March 20, 2017

And Thereby Hangs a Tale

Colin Koopman:

Foucault remains one of the most cited 20th-century thinkers and is, according to some lists, the single most cited figure across the humanities and social sciences.

Reading this brought to mind a dim recollection of a cartoon, something to the effect of a patient sitting in a doctor's exam room with a hatchet buried in his skull, and the doctor saying, "I think I see the problem." Yes, it's truly a mystery why the humanities are in such a sorry state. You can browse through the invaluable New Real Peer Review account if you'd like to see many of the gruesome, mutant offspring bearing Foucault's intellectual DNA.