Monthly Archives: July 2008

If All Else Fails

In his recent book, Violence, Slavoj Zizek aims to distinguish between ‘subjective’ violence – violence as we ordinarily experience it, as a disturbing intrusion into the normal run of things, which only appears against a background of non-violent normality – … Continue reading

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Making History

What is historicity? We can see it when there happens to be, there emerges or occurs an event that breaks with the chronological chain of presents, distinguishing itself from that which does not distinguish itself from it (Deleuze). In its … Continue reading

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For Example

Para-ontology. This is the methodological/epistemological basis of Giorgio Agamben’s research, which weaves through fields as diverse as juridical theory, poetics, philosophy, and theology. More than that, it is the orientation of thought regarding itself, the thought of thought or the … Continue reading

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Diminishing Returns

Reduction is a familiar problem in contemporary analytic philosophy, which often concerns itself with the reducibility or irreducibility of mind, thought, consciousness, among other things, to matter, and specifically the material processes of the brain. The philosophical heritage of the … Continue reading

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Like Father Like Son

Some notes following Giorgio Agamben’s lecture, “The Power and the Glory”. Economy properly becomes a concern when the activity or actuality of a praxis, which is to say, an effectivity or efficacy, cannot be reconciled with the being to which … Continue reading

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Economy: Inside-Out

Some notes on a paradox, a paradox central to both the modern economic/administrative paradigm we know as bio-politics, and to its relation with the juridical paradigm of sovereignty. First of all, we find power originally abiding in a nexus between … Continue reading

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The Heir To Be(ing)

Inheriting — being. The inheriting being, the heir whom receives or responds to the call of a gift, also is the inheritor of this being: the inheritance is being. To give – a giving that sends forth and relinquishes, cedes … Continue reading

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