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Christopher Lord has lived in 10 countries and speaks 7 languages. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, a chance meeting led to him joining a group of dissidents who had taken over the Institute of Marxism-Leninism in Charles University, Prague, in the aftermath of the Velvet Revolution. Given a desk, an office, and carte blanche, he moved in two directions: an academic direction, founding courses in international politics, and an activist direction, holding diplomatic events at the university and also joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of International Relations in an ill-defined role. Apart from editing conference papers, he produced two significant books, Politics (1999), a general theory of politics published by the Charles University press in English and Czech editions, and Parallel Cultures, a study of minorities in Eastern Europe, re-issued by Routledge in 2019. Currently living in France, he works as an independent translator, including translating French philosophical works, and also does some journalism and academic writing, his main project being a philosophical study of perspective, called “The Vanishing Point – a study of Art, Science and Consciousness.”
Student politics is generally judged a subject best left alone by the real-world media, but this week Alex Illsley, a law student at Christ Church, the poshest college at Oxford University, has managed to get some big time press in the UK with a splendid dose of Americanization.
Derrida is currently enjoying a new vogue as a kind of demon king in the theology of the movement led by such people as Jonathan Haidt, Jordan Peterson, and Camille Paglia against the irrationalism that has swept through the humanities in the English-speaking world, with Peterson describing Derrida as the “chief villain” in the story.