Re: unusual language [postmodernism]

Eric Crump (wleric@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 12:41:01 -0500

On Thu, 10 Oct 1996, Bob King wrote:
-->This may be where we disagree in general. I'm with those who say there is
-->always a regime of truth, always a center, always a canon, as a matter of
-->human nature/fact. It's like imagining a body without a structural skeleton
-->-- it's imaginable to us, but we wouldn't work too well! That's my read
-->anyway. . .

Yeah, ok. I reckon skeletal structures are good to have. Unless we want to
evolve into something else, something slug-like maybe :)

How about this? Can we keep the idea of canon but strip it of its
petrifying institutional power? Can we open the possibility of millions of
canons, of canons that are fundamentally unstable, that are constructed
idiosyncratically and shift continually? Canons that are only snapshots of
knowledge, products of the moment but eternal processes of the intellect?

--Eric Crump