an intellectual project, the main goal of which is to show that conventional ways of thinking are hopelessly naïve, if not malign and corrupt. It is a deck-clearing operation - not to prepare students for truth, but to prepare them for life without truths.Let me provide an on the ground example of how the expose-the-power-structures project translates into the life of a bright Princeton undergraduate. I'm at the Bookeye today (the Gandolph the white of your tired gray xerox machine), and a previous student of mine casually asks an acquaintance,
"You're majoring in comp lit!? Why not politics?"
"Comp lit is interesting," she replies.
"Yeah, but politics is everything. I majored in art history, but switched to politics, because that's what art history was really about. For my art history papers I just talked about how art was a way for the gringos to keep those Native Americans down."
Hoping for backup, he looks to me and says, "That's art history, right Matt?"
I smiled and responded, "Some would say."