The Gift of Structuralism

He’s presenting what is understood as structuralism as opposed to liberalism. We are constituted by the very forces we believe to have power over – i.e. genetics and society. This perspective offers us the radical notion of ultimately NOT be responsible for our place in the world which can be a miracle as it suggests embracing deep humility, and as regards others, compassion. In the last 30 years or so, increasingly in the present, we have post-structuralist discourse growing and evolving – as evidenced in academia with more and more Post-Colonial Theory, Woman’s Studies departments, Black Studies, Queer Theory, etc. – all modes of thought basically saying the same thing with a bit more self-justified intensity (sometimes anger) for the oppression they’ve experienced and the empowerment they demand of themselves and society.

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