Friday, November 30, 2007


For those who read French (and are curious about what I might sound like in that language), my review of Denis Lacorne's De la religion en Amérique has just gone up on Not French politics, to be sure, but make of it what you will.


Anonymous said...

wow, qu'est-ce qu'il ecrit bien in french, cet arthur.

and so clearly.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your French, which seems to me as lucid and graceful as your English.


Joe said...

What sort of intellectualism does the "attack the straw man" politics of the left encourage. I

Isn't that as anti-elitist as any movement that scholars hiding from sdociety in their academic ghettos seem to be able to identify?

Le parti républicain en particulier a su mobiliser ce ressentiment contre les intellectuels censés savoir, héritiers de l’élite spirituelle d’une époque qu’on a pu penser révolue avant la mobilisation forte du vote évangélique en faveur de George W. Bush dans l’élection présidentielle de 2000. Mais il ne faut pas oublier que le paysage évangélique aux États-Unis est très hétérogène. Le bloc évangélique qu’on a tellement craint il y a quelques années se délite.

That said, I think that this style of discourse will definately sell where it's marketed, since it provides some fodder in rather elementary terms which Americans themselves have evolved further and have fleshed out into a genuine understanding of faith and society. On the other hand, the European talk-arati seem still to be nearly as absorbed with the notion of religion being bundled up with social and state authority, and have yet to seriously touch on the subject matter itself of the role of philosophy, (any form of philosophy!) has in public life.