In between Blumenberg’s The Laughter of the Thracian Woman

interesting views on theorising everyday and the availability of said theory as a understandable practice. Is theorising everyday life a manacle to impede understanding? Efadul Huq has taken some interesting quotes from “The Laughter of the Thracian Woman” to show some pivotal understanding about mainstream understandings of logic and theory and how realistically things may be opportune, experimental, feasible and liveable via other means of criticism and reasonability.

Etches of Ink and Light

The quoted portions are from Hans Blumenberg’s The Laughter of the Thracian Woman. The italiced portions are my notes.

“With the separation of instrument and observer, the outward appearance of “theory” as a procedure becomes more normal, and this trend increases the more science intentionally withdraws from the field of what the average person is willing and able to comprehend. Most importantly, this also means that the everyman can no longer empathize with what it is about those “objects” that can absorb a working life. To counteract this divergence from people’s familiar experiences, growing swarms of publicists try to keep theory and theorists “interesting” to a paying public. Meanwhile—how could it be otherwise?—professional theorists are most readily accepted when they approach the phenotype of the now universally familiar bureaucrat and thereby lay claim to the seriousness that mainly comes with dealing in large amounts of money.”

What misfortunate! Money replaces…

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