Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

If there is one conviction shared by the majority of contemporary philosophers, this is it: the one is not [l'un n'est pas]. . .Once affirmed, this conviction converts smoothly into various systems of thought, until either every attestation of the real is renounced, or at least until the real is thoroughly separated from its theological … Continue reading Notes on Christian Jambet & the Question of the One

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‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

(A preview from the forthcoming Issue of Hostis: A Journal of Incivility) I). The politics that seduces us is not ethical, it is cruel. We contrast the politics of cruelty to the politics of ethics. Ethics goes all the way back to the Greeks, whose ethics was the study of ‘the good life.’ Our interests … Continue reading ‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

Towards a Feminist “Axiomatics”

The title of this post, Feminist 'Axiomatics,' is a term I will use to explain and articulate a specific gesture within feminist theory - mainly found in the work of Elizabeth Grosz and Sara Ahmed. This gesture consists in this: to understand that there is something specific and distinct about feminist theory - where for Grosz … Continue reading Towards a Feminist “Axiomatics”

Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

  The fundamental problem in philosophy today, for Alain Badiou, is the creation of a new logic “or more precisely, a new dialectics” (1). It is this new logic that precedes any considerations regarding “politics, life, creation, or action” (1). For Badiou, the two main problems that Marx dealt with (revolutionary politics and a new … Continue reading Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

(This post is a continuation of some previous thoughts on Badiou's essay 'The Three Negations,' which can be found here) Perhaps one of Alain Badiou's strongest allies in his articulation of the Event is an anachronistic one. Jacques Vergès, French-Vietnamese lawyer, was made famous by his defense of Djamila Bouhired, Algerian nationalist and fighter in the National … Continue reading No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events

"There is a sort of univocity of being, but an equivocity of existence." – Alain Badiou, 'The Three Negations' In a lecture delivered at the Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008, Alain Badiou recapitulated his understanding of Being, Event, and Simulacrum in relationship to Logic and Law. With an incredible power of … Continue reading Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events

A Rupture in Colonial Reason: Spivak, Fanon, and The Question of Subalternity

This is an abridged draft for the upcoming ACLA conference in NYC in the Spring of 2014 I. Memories of a Spivakian Given her revisions in A Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Spivak delineates three main point regarding the subaltern. First, the subaltern refers to the space of “sheer heterogeneity of” decolonization. Second, “when a line … Continue reading A Rupture in Colonial Reason: Spivak, Fanon, and The Question of Subalternity