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Re: Ideology
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0379.  Sunday, 23 March 1997.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Mar 1997 20:52:22 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0369   Ideology

[2]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Fridat, 21 Mar 1997 16:16:38 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0376 Re: Ideology


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Mar 1997 20:52:22 GMT
Subject: 8.0369   Ideology
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0369   Ideology

Bill Godshalk is the champion of the autonomous agent:

> Theorists have so belumped us with the rhetoric of
> cultural work that we tend to forget where the true
> agency lies-i.e., with ourselves, dear Brutus. We are
> not the passive recipients of ideas; ideas do not come
> from the Great Transmitter of Ideas in the Sky.  We
> humans have ideas, and we pass them on in
> conversation, in books, and with email messages.  And
> when we don't like an idea, we have the power to
> reject it-as I do now!

Would you agree that ideas can travel without anyone making a conscious
effort to disseminate them? If all the ideas necessary for the
continuation of modern industrial capitalism had to be intentionally
passed on to the young there would be no time to make anything. A model
of human intercourse which gives individuals complete intellectual
autonomy is as reductive as one which posits none. Surely the partial
self-reflexivity of subjectivity is what accounts for historical change:
individuals are constituted of received ideas upon some of which they
reflect, aren't they?

Gabriel Egan

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From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Fridat, 21 Mar 1997 16:16:38 -0000
Subject: 8.0376 Re: Ideology
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0376 Re: Ideology

Not guilty, Sean Lawrence, I'm afraid.

It would be difficult to discuss seriously the question of ideology if
you are content to remain at this purely empirical level.  At the moment
we seem to be talking completely at cross purposes.

Cheers
John Drakakis
 

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