Notes Antic Disposition

To Be a Philosopher

Celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy causes an existential crisis by quoting a hoax author in his latest excretion De la guerre en philosophie (On War in Philosophy).

This seems almost worse than the Sokal affair, because Lévy doesn't seem to actually care whether the authorship is authentic or fake. In this parody of scholarship, only the Derridean text has any reality.

Authorship, fiction, and non-fiction are to be seen as interchangeable, hetrogenous rhizomes, a field of potentiality, not in any-way connected to the base social reality of writing, publishing, and real people exchanging and discussing ideas.