Notes on Lorde and Raymond Geuss
Lorde, “The Master’s Tools”
Explain what Lorde refers to as the “creative function of difference in our lives”? What fruits does this creative function produce?
It seems that Lorde presents difference as strength in political discourse that reveals and widens perspective (similar to what Iris Young pronounces).
Also there seems to be an introspective challenge Lorde proposes that is tied into the political. Lorde urges us to reach down into that deep source of knowledge and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives there. As a result, Lorde exclaims, “the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices” (Lorde 3).
Young, “Social Difference as a Political Resource”
In my previous social/political philosophy course, philosopher Raymond Geuss suggests a more suitable way to approach social/political philosophy. He critiques political philosopher John Rawl’s conception of the “original position” and “the veil of ignorance”. Geuss believes the Rawlsian principles shun facts of the concrete world and a person’s individuality; two elements that Geuss believe should be a part of political discourse. Just the same, Young contends that political claims made from social differences (people of different social positioning) often serve as a resource rather than an obstruction of political engagement or democratic communication that aims at Justice.