Tuesday, June 17, 2008

From Eco to Žižek, it's all collage, mosaic, allusions

[(title unknown) from enowning by enowning How not to talk rubbish... Existentialism, as such, has its origins with Sartre and his circle in the early forties--e.g., see Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism (1946)...It's hard to introduce authenticity (let's date it circa B&T, 1927) to existentialism, before it existed as such. Many texts try pass off historical figures like Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Pascal, even the author of the Book of Job, as existentialists. They, of course, can't defend themselves, but thinkers like Heidegger, who were able to respond to such accusations, denied being existentialists. Even Sartre denied being one, after he'd tired of promoting it.]

[Jun 16, 2008 The Hazard of the Public
from Larval Subjects by larvalsubjects. The form of jouissance embodied in this subjective type seems transparently self-evident: to engage in a game of one upsmanship where one can situate their interlocutor in a subordinate position. The phenomenon is no different than the sort of hierarchies that emerge in wolf packs. In these encounters there is no dialogue, no discussion, no development of thought, but only a play of display and counter-display that seems geared towards repeating the word and position of the masters.]

The history of Philosophy spans over 4000 years. But, it’s only about 40 years back that its Truth-claims was contested. And, Philosophy has never been the same again. Philosophy is "writing" now, Literature. From Eco to Žižek, it's all collage, mosaic, allusions. And, nobody is complaining. Jouissance aha! [TNM]

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