As you might (or might not) have noticed, I erased “Another One Bites the Dust” because for some strange reason it was too popular with a disproportionate amount of hits. As I said there, no one is perfect and once apologies are exchanged, we all just need to move on to the next round. I am personally fine with conflicts, insults and heated exchanges, as long as there is an understanding that it isn’t not the end of the world, and it’s done in the name of some larger cause like a philosophical argument.
I don’t care for comments like this, for example, but I’m sure Harman is just being protective and fatherly. I don’t like it anymore than the next person when I am insulted and it brings me no pleasure (despite the accusations) to provoke anyone. What does bother me and causes me to react rather violently is the sense of oppression that I sometimes feel is artificially created by the realist side, or a sense of being an underdog or any need to create an imaginary enemy to fight. I keep saying this over and over again, but why can’t we just talk about these things without constructing some sort of victim identity? Why the need to constantly attack “Continental tradition” or any other supposedly hegemonic organization (SPEP comes up very often)? Let’s just do some philosophy, shall we? No one is out there to get anyone.