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Cultural Memory in The Present – Augustine and Trauma

From Stanford University Press: This remarkable posthumous work by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century engages Augustine’s Confessions, one of the major canonical works of world literature and the very paradigm of autobiography as a definable genre … Continue reading

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Fine Young Cannibals

These composers (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern), all of whom were thought to be highly abstract and intensely intellectual and extremely challenging, would have been instances of pure music of the sort that Greenberg would have valiantly championed. This was stuff which … Continue reading

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Surviving One’s Own Death – “The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk.” — G.W.F. Hegel

Huge props for Malabou (‘the best book on Hegel in twenty years’) offered by Slavoj Žižek. His discussion of Malabou begins at 5’20”. Douglas Crimp’s writings on the origin and purpose of the art museum (click), as a public institution, … Continue reading

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History & Trauma ~ Civilization & Its Discontents

“I shall not recapitulate the disasters of the Alexandrian library,” Edward Gibbon writes in the fifty-first chapter of the The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The historian resolves, with these words, to remain silent about … Continue reading

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“Living In The Land of The Lost”

The illusion of the freedom of the ego can be better understood by reviewing to the notion of the automaton. Remember that Descartes was able to gain mastery over the res extensa by declaring it to be purely passive and … Continue reading

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Landscape and The Architecture of Perception

Below is a theoretical statement which, from Deleuze’s perspective, would be almost exactly analogous to Freud’s reductive reading of the Wolf-man. Though unlike Freud, it is willing to acknowledge, at least momentarily, the apparent multiplicity of nature; having made this … Continue reading

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A “Beautiful” Mind

If we wish to discern whether anything is beautiful or not, we do not refer the representation of it to the object by means of understanding with a view to cognition, but by means of the imagination (acting perhaps in … Continue reading

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