[OPE-L:2287] Re: "Common Sense"

From: Gerald Levy (glevy@PRATT.EDU)
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 13:37:03 EST

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I'll be away for about 5 days. I look forward to talking to everyone again
upon my return./In solidarity, Jerry

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Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 18:21:28+0000
From: "C. J. Arthur"

>From: "richard gunn" <RGUNN@afb1.ssc.ed.ac.uk>
>Organization: Edinburgh University
>To: cjarthur@pavilion.co.uk, r.gunn@ed.ac.uk
>Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 16:55:55 +0000
>Subject: Re: "Common Sense"

>Dear Jerry,
>The point of our title was to make people ask what 'common sense' is: it
>seems, from your note, that we have succeeded!
>You assume that we speak ON BEHALF OF 'common sense'. Why not assume
>that we are problematising it and attempting to speak ABOUT it? By
>analogy, Marx entitled his main work CAPITAL rather than COMMUNISM.
>Let's assume that your assumption is the correct one: what follows from
>it? Might not 'common sense' have communist preconditions? WHOSE common
>sense does the journal 'COMMON SENSE' speak on behalf of?
>Might not common sense contain perspectives and resources that common
>sense, itself, systematically misunderstands? That this is the case is,
>surely, the presupposition of Marxian immanent critique.
>With Good wishes,
>Richard Gunn

P. S. Please note that I have a new Email address,
but the old one will also run until next summer. (To be doubly sure load both!)

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