Brian Leiter é professsor de filosofia em Chicago, e um dos especialistas em Nietzsche – com uma leitura via analítica. Eis o que ele tem para dizer sobre Derrida:
Derrida was the bad reader par excellence, who had the gall to conceal his scholarly recklessness within a theoretical framework. He was the figure who did more violence than any other to what Nietzsche had aptly called “the great, the incomparable art of reading well,” “of reading facts without falsifying them by interpretation, without losing caution, patience, delicacy, in the desire to understand” (The Antichrist, sections 59 and 52).
There seems no doubt that unlike, say, Heidegger, who was a personal and moral monster, Derrida really was a decent human being in his interpersonal dealings. But that, I’m afraid, is not what is at issue here. If he had become a football player as he had apparently hoped, or taken up honest work of some other kind, then we might simply remember him as a “good man.” But he devoted his professional life to obfuscation and increasing the amount of ignorance in the world: by “teaching” legions of earnest individuals how to read badly and think carelessly. He may have been a morally decent man, but he led a bad life, and his legacy is one of shame for the humanities.
Claro, tendo em vista que isso foi o obituario que Leiter escreveu para Derrida, não é surpresa que tenha causado frisson. O principal a reagir foi o Critchley, da NSSR, e o Leiter resolver reagir, desta vez batendo no Ximon:
Critchley, alas, represents that “other” kind of academic too often attracted to Continental philosophy, the intellectual lightweight and philosophical tourist who can’t read a text carefully or follow a philosophical argument. (…) I fear, philosophical used car salesmen like Critchley will, too often, pose as spokesman for non-Anglophone traditions in philosophy.
As vezes eu concordo com o Leiter sobre o Critchley. Sobre o Derrida, nem tanto. Mas depende do dia, e depende do livro. O que o Leiter ignora é que parte do fazer sentido do autor é superar a pessoa, superar as bobagens e indiossicracias do escritor. Tudo bem, Derrida escreveu bobagem. Derridianos, nem se fala. Mas o Gramatologia é maior que o Derrida. Assim como Ser e Tempo é maior que Heidegger.
Tá, não tenho tanta certeza disso. E é isso que me perturba.
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