Is this (from Barry Allen's letter to prospective graduate students) just an individual assessment or the expression of a wider pattern for understanding the complicated landscape of continental (French) philosophy? If the second, how could the pattern be stated in abstract form, i.e. without reference to those specific names?
A frank admission of prejudices might be useful in deciding whether we can work together. After some effort I have decided that I never want to read Lyotard again. I have never read Levinas and nothing I have heard makes me want to start. I have the same reaction to Badiou. I think phenomenology is philosophically empty. I don't think Hegel or Heidegger have anything to say to us anymore. I find it difficult to take Freud as seriously as I need to to take Lacan seriously. I am bored with Foucault, and exhausted by Derrida.
On the other hand, I am very interested in the work of Michel Serres, Gilles Deleuze, and Bruno Latour. Nietzsche still seems imminently worth thinking about in connection with pretty much anything. I have recently become deeply impressed with the neglected philosophy of Bergson.