I can’t really believe I was having a discussion just the other day about whether or not it’s a good idea for university courses to be full of dodgy at-one-remove bastardisations of Foucault and other post-structuralists. It’s been a while now – shouldn’t the Anglo-Saxon world have found a new continental philosophy tradition to slavishly adopt / demonise? – but anyway, it occurred to me afterwards that their corrosive nihilism might be the analogue of powerful acids in a chemistry lab: inappropriate for most of everyday life but the sort of thing we allow undergraduates to play with, under supervision. I don’t think it holds up though. Maybe if acid fumes caused depression.