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How Derrida and Foucault became the most misunderstood philosophers of our time

Their fusing would have baffled these thinkers, who spent most of their lives disagreeing with each other

By Peter Salmon  

The pair are commonly cast as absolute moral relativists for whom there is no truth whatsoever—a position which not only did they not argue, but were at pains to disavow. Photo: ©Ulf Andersen/Getty Images and Jacques Haillot/Globe Pictures/Zuma Press/PA Images

In the 1997 Australian comedy The Castle, an underprepared lawyer attempts to argue that the forced sale of his client’s house is in breach of the Constitution. The judge asks, “What section of the Constitution has been breached?” The befuddled lawyer replies, “What section… there is no one section… it’s just the vibe of the thing…”

 In December last year, the Equalities Minister Liz Truss gave a speech in which she claimed that as a pupil at a comprehensive school student in Leeds during the 1980s, students were “taught about racism and sexism” at the expense of “time…

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