Monday, May 17, 2010

Re-think the relation between ethics and politics

NY Times has a new column, entitled ‘The Stone‘:
The Stone is a new opinion series that will feature the writings of contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless — art, war, ethics, gender, popular culture and more.
The series moderator is Simon Critchley, chair of philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York, who introduces The Stone tonight with an examination of the question, What Is a Philosopher? In coming weeks, The Stone will include contributions from a rotating group of philosophers, including Nancy Bauer, Jay Bernstein, Arthur C. Danto, Todd May, Nancy Sherman, Peter Singer and others
Simon Critchley’s own inaugural column: What is a Philosopher?
Special Issue of the Journal Telos: “Politics After Metaphysics”, ed. by Michael Marder
Contemporary political philosophy is marked by a deep distrust of the transcendent grounding of politics and, hence, by an effort to distance itself from “foundationalism,” replete with uncritical presuppositions regarding the very meaning of political ontology. Yet, post-foundational politics is but one facet of the shift beyond metaphysics in today’s thinking and action with their rejection of a transhistorical and objectively fixed notion of truth. Article submissions are invited for this special issue of Telos, seeking to outline the contours of post-metaphysical politics. The contributions to Politics After Metaphysics may be grounded in phenomenological, existentialist, hermeneutical, psychoanalytic, and deconstructive traditions. Some of the focal questions the articles may address include: What is the role of interpretation in contemporary political theory and practice? What is the meaning of the political and how do the very concepts of “meaning” and “truth” change at the dusk of metaphysics? Who are the subjects, cast into the limelight of post-metaphysical politics? How can we re-think the relation between ethics and politics from the post-metaphysical vantage point? What are the roles and functions of historical analysis, language, signification, and critique in post-metaphysical politics? Comparative analyses, juxtaposing post-metaphysical political thought to that of a figure in classical political philosophy, are also welcome.
Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded to Michael Marder at
The essays of a maximum 6,500 words (7,500 with footnotes) should follow Telos style and formatting guidelines. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2011.]

Re: What is Nationalism?—by Sri Aurobindo
by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Mon 17 May 2010 10:27 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link

The cited letter needs to be read with modifications in view of his subsequent political pronouncements. [TNM] Reply

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