The Excluded Middle – It Has Always Been There, And Has Always Been Necessary

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

  1. Valeria Jimenez says:

    Wow! I did not know about this. I hope more states across the nation join Oregon, like Utah. It’s about time that states start recognizing and accepting different identities within the law. Per our conversation on identity, I am so happy that you brought up the concept of intersectionality in class yesterday. It’s so important to understand that we have both privileged and oppressed identities through race, class, gender, sex, citizenship, etc.

    “The state of Oregon sees me for who I am.” I love this! 🙂

    • I’m glad you read this and found it relevant. As I tried to convey in class, these ideas were considered dangerous, but at least thinkable, in Diderot’s day. The same is true in our own day. But what happened that we have to rediscover this issue, or these persons, all over again. The seventy-five-year period known as the Victorian Era.

      I’m not sure if I got this fully out because of my typical long-winded grounding of the Jonathan Simon’s text, but I wanted to suggest that he was the first academic writer in whose work I’d ever seen the word “intersectionality’. I’d said that there had been lots of talk of interdisciplinarity (a variety of methods of inquiry), but I hope primarily to make a point about how the anatomical models and preparations of the Enlightenment stood at the intersection of multiple contemporaneous social practices.

  2. A. Anderson says:

    …I wonder how long until people start pressuring the federal government to crack down on this…

  3. Anurag Tripathy says:

    I think people today fail to see how normativity is such a flawed concept that has constantly changed throughout human history, and thank god for that. Society is the premier determinant of what are considered norms but society is not as homogeneous as it is assumed by people. Recognizing and embracing the “others” is what qualitatively improves society, not the arbitrary exclusion of such individuals.

  4. forster matherly says:

    I love this so much. This is super validating and supportive to all people, regardless of gender identification. I hope to see more of this moving forward. Obviously the current admin will not be a fan of this, but it is great to see the change and progress we are making as a nation despite our leader’s ignorance.

    • forster matherly says:

      The day that I will be able to mark an X on my drivers license in Utah is likely far, however this does provide some hope.

    • Part of the critique of Hegel is the determination that significant change comes up from the roots up, not down from the bike. Which is to say, Marxism stands Hegel on his head and reveals how ideas – ideology, in the broadest sense – are the product of bodily and social practices. Any notions not rooted in real material practices are oppressive, tyrannical – ideology, in the more familiar sense.

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