I knocked on the door. A few moments later I was invited to consider the power of the humble printed kitchen sign. What does a sign do? What does a letter, a slight tilt, an underline, convey? Does it invite, or attack? The building is being refurbished. I am a stowaway in an unused corner.… Continue reading Conversations
The blog for the Journal of the History of Ideas is running a forum responding to Jeffrey Andrew Barash’s recent book, Collective Memory and Historical Understanding. My own contribution will be appearing later today, with two already up. Michael Meng posted first, calling attention to the critical, democratic, role for history. Sophie Marcotte-Chénard then proposed –… Continue reading Forum: JHI Blog on Memory and History
Peter, on putting Derrida on trial (again). “Of Grammatology is not about how language, as one commentary on Of Grammatology puts it [I can’t find the book to cite it at the moment], shapes the world, but rather that the world is, as Jean-Luc Nancy puts it, nothing other than the passage of sense, an… Continue reading Things and signs
Here is an idea. It goes like this, and this, And this. But I see a problem with it, all the same. (Or, I see something promising here For another problem.) And that goes like this. We could work it out, Perhaps—here, how’s that? Ok, so that sounds good. But what about this objection That… Continue reading Argument: a poem
Having recently been writing on expression and Benjamin, this conference and workshop caught my eye: Call for Papers Benjamin and Leibniz: On Expression Conference and Workshop Conference: 27 June 2017 @ RHB 342 Workshop: 28 June 2017 @ RHB 142 Location: Goldsmiths, University of London Walter Benjamin London Research Network Hosted by the Centre for… Continue reading Expression – Benjamin & Leibniz
One of Australia’s major newspaper publishers, Fairfax (SMH, The Age), in conjunction with an ANU research centre, has recently published a major attempt to chart Australia’s current political distribution. They describe it as “a comprehensive attempt to examine Australian political attitudes, lifestyles and social values”. A bold claim. And it’s interactive. You can fill out… Continue reading The ‘new’ political distribution?
New co-written article out in Philosophy & Social Criticism. Very pleased! Just in time for, and relevant to, Australia Day debates. Abstract In this article, we argue that the usual restriction of critical theory to ‘modern’ norms is subject to problems of coherence, historical accuracy and moral obligation. First, we illustrate how critical theory opposes… Continue reading Doing Justice to the Past