Herbert Marcuse

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Analytic philosophy often spreads the atmosphere of denunciation and investigation by committee. The intellectual is called on the carpet. What do you mean when you say... ? Don't you conceal something? You talk a language which is suspect. You don't talk like the rest of us, like the man in the street, but rather like a foreigner who does not belong here. We have to cut you down to sire, expose your tricks, purge you. We shall teach you to say what you have in mind, to "come clear," to "put your cards on the table." Of course, we do not impose on you and your freedom of ' thought and speech; you may think as you like. But once you speak, you have to communicate your thoughts to us-in our language or in yours. Certainly, you may speak your own language, but it must be translatable, and it will be translated. You may speak poetry-that is all fight. We love poetry. But we want to understand your poetry, and we can do so only if we can interpret your symbols, metaphors, and images in terms of ordinary language. (Herbert Marcuse: One-Dimensional Man, Chapter 7: The Triumph of Positive Thinking: One-Dimensional Philosophy; polskie wyd. s. 239)


Herbert Marcuse, Człowiek jednowymiarowy, przeł. S. Konopacki et alii, Warszawa 1991.