Re: transparency and paradigms

Gary Blanchard (
Tue, 14 May 1996 22:53:16 -0700

Lois Shawver wrote:
> On Wed, 15 May 1996, Wendy Crebbin wrote:
> >
> > This is a fair warning - I project it back to you as a scholarly
> > question about your classifying several of my statements as
> > 'objectivism". Are you not also in danger of putting a paradigm faith in
> > your construct of living in language when you challenge others who
> > argue the fragility of language as a form of communication.
> I think you and Gary are similar in your perspectives and that you both
> are searching for an Other. Strange that no one here will play a devil's
> advocate to postmodernism! (Don't look at me! I won't either.)
> But, seriously, the next step after postmodern enlightenment is surely
> finding a way to create a meaningful discourse without agonistics. Hard
> for me, too. How do we weave together new ideas in a dialectical
> discourse? How do you put forward the other side without challenge and
> treating someone as an Other? Without polarizing truth and objectifying
> it? I think Gary's trying, but often failing at that, and it bugs you, as
> it would me. But like Gary, I often fall flat on my face when I try to
> escape the self-defeating ways of modernity.
> Ooops! Gary! Am I doing it again?
> ..Lois Shawver

Dear Lois,

Thanks for your note, and your tone of friendship and concern.

I think it best to take a time out for now.

I know you understand.

Thanks. Sincerely, Gary