Saturday, December 29, 2012

Taslima Nasreen on rape and punishment to rapists

"Everywhere the woman is merely a body. Her brains are not important. 

Rape has been a weapon of war. Armies do it. Communities and castes inflict rapes on women as a strategy to dominate.

Capital punishment is a rather easy, hassle-free solution for the government. It's a lot more difficult to make men cease to see women as sex objects."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Who is a public intellectual?

"The intellectual’s job is to think past the culture: to question the myths, metaphors, and assumptions that limit our collective imagination. The founder of the breed was Socrates. As Kazin also said, an intellectual is someone for whom ideas are “instruments of salvation.” 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gary Gutting on Derrida

I agree that you should take Derrida seriously, but I’d advise thinking carefully before committing large amounts of time to reading him. He’s especially frustrating if you try to pay him the complement of a rigourous close reading.
In 3: AM MAGAZINE, Gary Gutting is interviewed by Richard Marshall.


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