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PHIL-LIT, an Internet newsletter for philosophy and literary-criticism professors, recently named the winners of its Bad Writing Contest. First place went to the following single sentence from Roy Bhaskar’s “Plato Etc.: The Problems of Philosophy and Their Resolution.” The jacket blurb, by the way, described the book as Bhaskar’s “most accessible... to date.”

Indeed dialectical critical realism may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal - of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-Humean-Kantian paradigm, of foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of the will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psycho-somatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy with its ontic dual; of the analytic problematic laid down by Plato, which Hegel served only to replicate in his actualist monovalent analytic reinstatement in transfigurative reconciling dialectical connection, while in his hubristic claims for absolute idealism he inaugurated the Comtean, Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean eclipses of reason, replicating the fundaments of positivism through its transmutation route to the superidealism of a Baudrillard.

- Saturday Night magazine, volume 111, No.5, June 1996, page 10