I’m trying to take a real break – no extra reading, side projects, or commentary while I’m on leave. A difficult thing if your job is also your hobby. So, see you all in the New Year, and a joyful Christmas to all.
Peter Gratton has a nice post up on Derrida’s characteristic (signature?) logic. “By isolating a trope, then tying it back to a given tradition, Derrida’s “deconstruction” can then get underway. … identify a place where an author must get underway with a certain definition (to identify the mad that one is doing a history of… Continue reading Logical method in Derrida
An interesting exercise: to subtitle Derrida’s seminar. You can see how he puts questions in place in order to frame the main analysis. The centre piece of seminar three is really the juxtaposition between Schmitt and Macchiavelli’s interpretation of what is proper to politics. I’ll publish a proper summary of this soon, but I thought… Continue reading Subtitles: seminar 3, Beast and Sovereign I
Teaching my five-year old son to play Risk last night. “What does ‘conquer’ mean?” “Why do you attack another country?” When you have to explain all the concepts involved in a game that is basically colonial expansion, it suddenly feels a whole lot less innocent. Serious point, or bleeding-heart liberal? Is here an alternative to… Continue reading Gaming colonialism
Throw together a crowd of smart, driven individuals who’ve been rewarded throughout their entire lives for being ranked well, for being top of the class, and through a mixture of threat and reward you can coerce self-harming behaviour out of them to the extent that you can run a knowledge economy on the fumes of their… Continue reading Important reading
Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
A discussion of the pens on Heidegger’s desk – via Enowning. I’d say it’s what he wrote with them that’s important, except that pens do find their way into his philosophy as examples of tools. ?
A friend studying for an MBA took a philosophy unit in their program – its basically designed to train managers to be critical about the standard pop-psychology fare in management literature. But it clearly has its effects, for the next thing I know, my friend (who works in IT) says he’s joined a reading group… Continue reading Pleasures of philosophy