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It does not lead to, or sustain, domination. As if to make the score even, it does not aid the struggle against domination either. It is, to put it bluntly, indifferent to the current or prospective structures of domination. Whoever is after dominationcurrent or prospective (or whoever is just prompted to evaluate the quality of knowledge by the power to do things it promises to supply or make respectable) must be infuriated by the blandness of the refusal of that knowledge to validate all claims to superiority.

Karras would not concede an inch: phenomena are explicable, explanations are available, an energy's being unknown (as yet, of course) is not for that reason inexplicable. One that spent much time in wards where things are seen that a layperson would never set her eyes on, knows that. ) Andas the final argument, the ultimate reassurancethis is common (statistically frequent; it happens to others). " The layperson, particularly one who like Regan's mother has been repeatedly disappointed by learned advice and driven into despair by its practical impotence, may refuse to draw comfort from what now seem empty promises of reason.

Quoted after Martin Heidegger, What is Called Thinking, trans. F. D. Wieck and J. G. Gray (New York: Harper & Row, 1968), p. 53. Cf. also Shoshana Felman, Writing and Madness, trans. Martha Noel Evans and author (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985), p. 62. 4. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. 91. But remember the inherent dangers of toleration discussed in the introduction. The kindess of the tolerant attitude does not by itself exclude the worst there is in humiliation: the assumption of inherent inferiority of the tolerated object.

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