Saturday, April 12, 2014

The famous Michel Foucault/Noam Chomsky "Hell in a Cell" match from 1971

Wow. Who was the guy who said the internet age is an age of impermanence and the ephemeral?

Because here is the historic Dutch television debate "On human nature" between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. Here. For free. On the internet.

Um.. with captions. In English and Portuguese.

Now, I'd assume like most professors, they spend the whole hour completely talking past each other. Certainly I suspect Chomsky has no understanding of post-structuralism, so he's going to miss the points Foucault is trying to make. But if you're a fan of either, this is a fun watch.

Personally I like Chomsky just cos he's always been happy to throw down against imperialism, but I also appreciate Foucault for being a very good footnote to Nietzsche. Foucault is also notoriously much more comprehensible (and even existentialist) in interviews than he is in his books.

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