Monthly Archives: August 2011

In Light of Utopia

(The following text was given on August 27, 2011, at the University of Iowa’s 12th annual Religion and Literature conference.  The topic was “Uncanny Homecomings,” and I wrote on Paul Celan’s 1960 Meridian speech. For those who would like to … Continue reading

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On the advent of freedom

What is at play in our communication…? The question of philosophy as “literature,” which is about asking how far it is possible to take the third person discourse in philosophy. At what point must ontology become… what? Become conversation? Become … Continue reading

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Politics and Symbolics

“So,” I told myself (I don’t know if I was overcome: the difficulties were finally bringing me relief), “the only thing left for me to do is beyond my strength.” –Georges Bataille An odd coincidence prompted this post. Yesterday morning, I … Continue reading

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Why I am a communist (and why you should join the party!)

After finishing Žižek’s “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce” (which is a precursor to his “Living in the End of Times”), I feel compelled to compile a list of his basic points and tasks. Žižek is often met with the … Continue reading

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