Continuing my summary of Derrida’s 1964-5 seminars on Sein und Zeit. Derrida keeps up a continuous narrative of where he is up to in his narrative. Pedagogically, it’s very useful – he recalls what they discussed the previous time (usually a fortnight before), and he repeats in concise fashion the conclusions that were reached. It doesn’t… Continue reading Not historicism: Derrida’s Heidegger Course, s.2
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
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
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
What does it mean to “express” yourself? What is, and what is not, an expression? Is expression wholly novel, or does it depend on the past in some way? Is it more subjective than objective? Am ‘I’ the ultimate source of expression, or does it come from somewhere or something else?
Reading Heidegger today. It’s tangible; the winds have changed. Just a few years ago, you could work on Heidegger without thinking about his politics. That is completely impossible today. I don’t think it’s because what we know about the man has changed all that much (you know, with publishing his notebooks, so many incriminating comments,… Continue reading Winds have changed