foucault isn't postmodern. he flatly rejected any such terms and considered himself a nietzschean and latterly a structuralist after de saussure. as such, he is associated with structuralism as much as the later post-structuralism. he also never went away. he is the most-cited scholar in the social sciences.
what you're trying to do is rope in 'french theory' to a culture war, when i am telling you that, french theory qua academic subjects, are out of fashion. which they are. they haven't been popular in an academic context for decades. the high-point of 'french theory' in the academe was literally the 1970s. it is about as relevant to philosophical thought in academia as paul de man and the yale school, i.e. not very fucking much.
so for you to talk about them 'leaving a legacy' in 2020 is like, erm, okay? you don't know what you're talking about when it comes to the actual intellectual history and the movements/fashions/fads in thought. you simply don't have a clear grasp of what you are talking about.
are BLM seriously affiliated with derridean deconstruction? are antifas really talking about hauntology? this stuff has been a niche concern on the marxist left in the 90s/00s, with writers like mark fisher, but that 'destructive', deconstructionist, 'postmodern' tendency also equally swung to the far-right, from warwick's CCRU and into stuff like nick land's accelerationism, transhumanism/posthumanism, cybernetics, object-oriented philosophy, etc. to say nothing of continental thinkers like sloterdijk ... not exactly 'revolutionary protest' deconstructionism there.
there's a lot to unpack in your statement and essentially boiling down the BLM struggles of 2020 to a fucking SERIOUSLY hackneyed trope about 'anglo-saxon pragmatism versus french theory' is illiterate. these debates between sober pragmatists and the american school of analytic philosophers and 'french theory' took place FIFTY years ago. and any social revolt taking place today, whilst using some of the hot terms from postmodern discourse, also use plenty other concepts that are not postmodern but, rather, structuralist, marxist, and modernist, e.g. critique of ideology, interpellation, intersectionality, etc. none of these concepts are 'postmodernist'. post-colonial struggles and civil rights is NOT postmodernist.
it's really tiring having to explain to you first principles. i sincerely recommend you to read a book instead of wading into topics with smart-sounding bullshit like 'rortyan pragmatism or marxian analysis over foucault and derrida'. i don't even know what that means tbqhwy. foucault and derrida PARTOOK of marxian analysis. ffs.
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