Pulp, phenomenology and Soul Man (that 80s race “comedy”)

I am getting rusty.  When I was trying to explain phenomenology and hermeneutics to someone, the best I could do was quote a) the song by Pulp that I keep bringing up and b) a dodgy 80s comedy starring C. Thomas Howell as a white kid pretending to be black so he could go to Harvard.

Rent a flat above a shop
Cut your hair and get a job
Smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'cos when you're laid in bed at night
watching roaches climb the wall
if you called your dad he could stop it all

I think, though, I have probably conflated the term with stuff like the habitus and personal biography and all that. Do I care anymore? Nah. There was a time when knowing my Gadamer from my Husserl from my Habermas from my Heidegger mattered to me. Strange days, they must have been. No more.


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One Response to Pulp, phenomenology and Soul Man (that 80s race “comedy”)

  1. Arty says:

    Who ARE these people???
    Keep them posts coming Mr Towers.

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