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Here is Stanley Fish’s latest blog post, in the New York Times, about “deconstructionism,” and whether it has any political consequences. He thinks it does, since (in my own words) it puts up all sorts of warning flags whenever words are used to describe the truth (while giving a free pass to words about words, or words about words about words…..).

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