The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1475 Thursday, 10 August 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 9 Aug 2000 14:41:43 +0100
Subject: 11.1468 Re: Exploitation, Marx, and Shakespeare
Comment: RE: SHK 11.1468 Re: Exploitation, Marx, and Shakespeare
I'm afraid, Bill, that ideology is a 'material practice' NOT an 'art'.
Also, that human existence cannot be collapsed into 'nature'...it's what
human beings DO with nature that's important, and that is called
'Culture'. Nor can 'Culture' be collapsed into a biological determinism
a la Darwin. Hence one of my objections to your preoccupation with
Maybe you've been seduced by the idea of a 'poetics of culture'...very
fashionable but preoccupied with the aesthetics of social structures
rather than with their overdeterminations (which you should not read as
'determinations' -mechanical or otherwise).
Theoretical enquiry...which is itself a 'practice'- aims to produce
explanations of the operations of such things as ideologies, but NOT
from a metaphysical standpoint. Again, distinguish between the
fashionable use of the term theory as free-ranging speculation whose
primary criterion is plausibility. The process of enquiry is
necessarily implicated in the object of enquiry..How could it be
otherwise? Hence there can be no theory without practice just as there
is no practice without theory. I suspect that this is what you have
difficulty in getting your head around.