Slavoj Žižek – Shoplifters of the World Unite

Zizek weighs in heavily on the meaning of the riots... Repetition, according to Hegel, plays a crucial role in history: when something happens just once, it may be dismissed as an accident, something that might have been avoided if the situation had been handled differently; but when the same event repeats itself, it is a … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek – Shoplifters of the World Unite

Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

Marx’s analysis of production ranks amongst the most thorough and forensic in Western thought, yet for him ‘language’ was a relatively marginal concern. It was theoretically addressed, but not subjected to the kind of interrogation he applied to categories such as labour, money and commodity. Other Marxists addressed language more squarely. An early contribution comes … Continue reading Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

Alain Badiou on Tunisia, riots and revolution (via wrong+arithmetic)

N.B. This is a rough translation of Daniel Fischer’s transcription of the 19 January 2011 session of Alain Badiou’s seminar What does “change the world” mean?. It is not something Badiou has written out. Nevertheless, it gets across his, apparently, impromptu comments on Tunisia, riots and revolution. It appears that Badiou correctly places the riot … Continue reading Alain Badiou on Tunisia, riots and revolution (via wrong+arithmetic)

Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

  Peter Hallward in The Guardian, via Cengiz Erdem’s blog: “Whatever happens next, the people of north Africa and the Middle East have already won victories that will never be erased. The clashes in Tunis on 11-12 January, the capitulation of riot police in Cairo and Alexandria on 28 January, the retaking of Manama’s Pearl … Continue reading Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

June 13th 2011 Confirmed plenary speakers: Ian Buchanan (Cardiff University) Claire Colebrook (Penn State University) Timothy Morton (UC-Davis) Climate change is an unprecedented crisis in human history. It is marked by necessary scientific imprecision and met by public confusion and controversy. Discerning climate change involves intricate scientific problems, and responding demands complex cultural strategies, spanning … Continue reading New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

Slavoj Zizek – Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?

The western liberal reaction to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia frequently shows hypocrisy and cynicism...  An Egyptian demonstrator uses his shoe to hit a picture of President Hosni Mubarak during a protest in Cairo. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images What cannot but strike the eye in the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt is the conspicuous … Continue reading Slavoj Zizek – Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?

The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

The recent developments in electronic music present us with a good example of how the inorganic has become, at least in sound, more organic than the organic. With the rapid development of sound-producing machines it has become possible to create such sounds that while listening to it one feels like there is a living organism … Continue reading The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

A Conversation Around Nietzsche Between a Stoic and a Sceptic

Sceptic: Nietzsche is one of those who do philosophy departing from a wound, from a deep-seated internal problem… The wound is internal to Nietzsche but the source of this wound is external, so you see, he is in-between. He attacks both sides at the same time, there is a profound neither/nor relationship, an endless struggle between … Continue reading A Conversation Around Nietzsche Between a Stoic and a Sceptic