The continuity of history, and our debt to the past

I’ve started some research on a new project with a colleague, where we develop a criticism of historicism in social theory. This is mostly tied up with Honneth’s interpretation of historical materialism. I’ve been reading his early essays on history – one on Althusser, and another on Walter Benjamin. The core motivation of the paper… Continue reading The continuity of history, and our debt to the past

Beast & Sovereign I, s.1

The reverse order of publication means that we read The Beast and the Sovereign before the Death  Penalty seminars – even though the latter is what helps open up the enquiry of the former. The first two sessions of BS I set out the program: Hobbes, Rousseau, La Fontaine’s fable of the ‘reason of the strongest’. Here we have… Continue reading Beast & Sovereign I, s.1

The Beast and the Sovereign, Vol. 1: summary project

As I’m currently reading The Beast and the Sovereign Vol 1, I’ll write up some summaries of the individual seminars. These were published in 2009, and took place 2-3 years before Derrida’s death. Much of the thinking behind the published book Rogues (2004) is evident in the seminar. The general topic is a kind of dynamic mapping… Continue reading The Beast and the Sovereign, Vol. 1: summary project