On expression

Expression can then be first roughly described of as a kind of making public or visible through a bodily action. This captures something of gestural expressions and labour, as well as linguistic utterances. In expression, there is literally a pressing-outwards of something that was not yet visible that was contained in the inner life of… Continue reading On expression

Translating nature

I’m currently grappling with an article I’d like to finish off. It compares the accounts of nature in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. I’m arguing that Derrida tacitly relies upon some Merleau-Pontyian theses, and ends up proposing a similar kind of interleaved and articulated description of the being of nature to that of his predecessor. M-P’s interest… Continue reading Translating nature

Nature: reading Merleau-Ponty

Happy New Year. I’m back at work, and one of my projects is an article I’ve been working on for a while – a comparison of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida on the subject of nature. As I finish off sections I might post one or two here. But for the moment, let me post a couple… Continue reading Nature: reading Merleau-Ponty

Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze on the subject

I stumbled across this new book in UNSW’s bookshop last week: Simon Lumsden’s Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject. Simon is a well-known Sydney philosopher, and a specialist on Hegel. It will be good to read a detailed account of the hegelian inheritance of the latter three thinkers, and the points that gel, beyond the rhetoric.… Continue reading Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze on the subject

Recognition: memory and action

Honneth’s Struggle for Recognition this morning. For the purposes of sorting out the temporal aspects of the normative demand for recognition. The imperative of mutual recognition “provides the normative pressure that compels individuals to remove constraints” with respect to recognition relations (92). There is pressure because it draws upon a negative moment, in which recognition… Continue reading Recognition: memory and action

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