I’ve been struck by the a-signifying and machinic recently, so this is part of some research into that area. Brief notes on an essay entitled ‘A-signifying semiotics’ by Gary Genosko.
Why bother with Freud today, a century after his work and ideas first began to have their effect? Is psychoanalysis really taken seriously anymore? Isn’t the whole dirty, sorry, splintered image of psychoanalysis something to be forgotten, something to put behind us as one more moment of false enlightenment? (Perhaps not completely…)
The question that is pressing in arises from the political problem, the problem of politics in itself, as politics. Put bluntly, why is there such a thing as ‘politics’?
Just like the word ‘communism’ the concept of ‘democracy’ is so deeply tainted by its association with capitalism that we face a dangerous problem.
Left wing alternatives, Left Unity and thoughts on the failures of the radical left.
(Updated today, 4thFeb 08, so links work) An email today brings news of a wealth of Zizek material on Lacan.com, all of which looks interesting. Zizek was also on Radio4 yesterday – there is this humorous mention in the introduction the presenter gives to Zizek about how he is so ubiquitous within intellectual life that one academic has proposed starting… Read more →
In a post on Marx’s dialectical method and Deleuze, Steven Shaviro makes the interesting claim that it is Deleuze’s pluralism that is transcendental. It is the theory of relations that Deleuze has which underpins his pluralism and this theory of relations, presumably, would be the place to look for a transcendental structure in the sense of a ‘condition of possibility’-type… Read more →
Larvalsubjects has an interesting post on Marx in the academy over here which has generated a lively discussion in which, perhaps unsurprisingly, the question of agency has risen to the fore again. This is still something I find disturbing, something I’m not really able to get a grip on fully, since I tend to understand the problem of agency as… Read more →
Notes on revolutionary Marxism The central tenets. (beginning from the ‘Founding Statement’ of the Trotskyist group ‘Permanent Revolution’ to be found online at http://www.permanentrevolution.net/?view=entry&entry=779, accessed 15.11.07) Belief in communism, “using Karl Marx’s rough guide to communism – from each according to his (or her) ability, to each according to his (or her) need – as its starting point”. Belief in… Read more →
(questions in note form that are partly naive and part of my current work, questions as connections, as the objective reality of a thinking practice) “Thus Marx, rather than Kierkegaard or Hegel, is right, since he asserts with Kierkegaard the specificity of human existence and, along with Hegel, takes the concrete man in his objective reality.” (Sartre, The search for… Read more →