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Comix Ergo Sum – Aristotle

Comix Ergo Sum – Aristotle

  By Alexander Schismenos: This is the fourth segment of a multi-part comic series that The New Significance is publishing: Comix Ergo Sum by Alexander Schismenos, translated from Greek to English. Navigation: Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3 / Pt. 4 / Pt. 5 coming…   … Read entire article »

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Comix Ergo Sum – Socrates

Comix Ergo Sum – Socrates

By Alexander Schismenos: This is the third segment of a multi-part comic series that The New Significance is publishing: Comix Ergo Sum by Alexander Schismenos, translated from Greek to English. Navigation: Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3 / Pt. 4 / Pt. 5 coming… … Read entire article »

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Jessica Whyte: Awakening the Giant

Jessica Whyte: Awakening the Giant

By Jessica Whyte In 2010, Slavoj Žižek, whom the New Republic once dubbed the most dangerous philosopher in the West, gave a public lecture at the London School of Economics on the necessity of communism. The audience at this elite university overflowed the auditorium into a nearby room, watching through a video link. At one point, the evening’s host, the international relations theorist David Held (also the PhD advisor to the son of Muammar Gaddafi), looked visibly agitated and managed … Read entire article »

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Federico Campagna: The Mystery of Advertising and the City of the Future

Federico Campagna: The Mystery of Advertising and the City of the Future

By Federico Campagna: This text derives from a conversation with Robert Prouse Preamble: the flood As we witness the fireworks of global finance exploding in the sky, together with the narratives and hopes of the last three decades, we might be missing the silent activity that swarms around our feet. On the muddy ground of today’s semiotic life, the sudden lack of our attention to the moves of semiocapitalism has not led to any slowing of its processes … Read entire article »

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Jürgen Habermas: Myth and Ritual

Jürgen Habermas: Myth and Ritual

By Jürgen Habermas In this Berkley Center lecture, the philosopher Jürgen Habermas explores the evolution of myth and ritual, and their enduring significance for human societies, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Jürgen Habermas, a German philosopher, is among the world’s leading public intellectuals. His scholarship explores connections between reason, modernity, and the public sphere. Habermas is the author of numerous influential works, including The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1962), The Theory of Communicative Action (1981), … Read entire article »

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John Reynolds: Bertrand Russell’s Legacy

John Reynolds: Bertrand Russell’s Legacy

By John Reynolds Making my way back to Ireland from the Third World Approaches to International Law conference at the University of Oregon last week, I found myself with a few hours to kill between flights in New York. In the basement of a second-hand bookshop, I picked up a dusty old copy of the Selected Writings of Bertrand Russell. After paying a visit to Occupy Wall Street, I caught a bus back to the airport, where the words of … Read entire article »

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Occupy Philosophy: How the Wachowski siblings may have saved the world…

Occupy Philosophy: How the Wachowski siblings may have saved the world…

By Occupy Philosophy Assuming that the average age of the current OWS protester is about 26 years old, then most of them would have been about 10 years old when the first Matrix movie was released in 1999. In the now famous scene (at left) from that iconic   movie, Morpheus, leader of a revolutionary underground, explains the true nature of the Matrix to Thomas Anderson. It is a system of control, a world “pulled over your eyes” to blind you from the awful … Read entire article »

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Judith Butler: Hannah Arendt’s Challenge To Adolf Eichmann

Judith Butler: Hannah Arendt’s Challenge To Adolf Eichmann

By Judith Butler In her treatise on the banality of evil, Arendt demanded a rethink of established ideas about moral responsibility. Fifty years ago the writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the end of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the major figures in the organisation of the Holocaust. Covering the trial Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil”, a phrase that has since become something of an intellectual cliche. But what did she really … Read entire article »

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Maurice Brinton: Cornelius Castoriadis & Autonomy

Maurice Brinton: Cornelius Castoriadis & Autonomy

A rare video Interview with Christopher Pallis, AKA Maurice Brinton, produced by Agora International during the Cerisy Colloquium around the work of Cornelius Castoriadis (filmed 1990). The interview begins in English 26 seconds into the video. Length: 15:31  (video) Pallis died at 81 years of age in 2005, 15 years after the above interview. An obituary for him by David Goodway and Paul Lewis is below. It was published in the Guardian, Thursday 24 March 2005. Christopher Pallis An irreverent … Read entire article »

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Ross Perlin: Zellig’s Disappearing Act

Ross Perlin: Zellig’s Disappearing Act

By Ross Perlin How Important a Thinker Was Chomsky’s Mentor? Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism By Robert Barsky The MIT Press, 320 pages, $29.95 Linguistics was a late arrival on the academic scene. Until the 1950s, few dedicated departments existed, but then the combination of Noam Chomsky’s revolutionary theory of generative grammar and Cold War subsidies ushered in an exceptional boom. Grammarians of ancient tongues (most notably, Panini for Sanskrit and Marcus Terentius Varro for Latin) pioneered the … Read entire article »

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Santiago Alba Rico: How Long Do We Have To Wait?

Santiago Alba Rico: How Long Do We Have To Wait?

By Santiago Alba Rico Not long ago while reading The Black Jacobins, CLR James’ classic on the independence of Haiti, a completely ordinary sentence brought to my attention the difficulty for a modern reader to understand a book about history. [Translated by John Catalinotto] The Black Jacobins relates the story of a gigantic and irreversible event: without knowing each other,  separated by the Atlantic, the French poor classes and the Black Haitians took the values of the Enlightenment to … Read entire article »

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Ken Wark: Treating All Culture As Collective Property And A Gift

Ken Wark: Treating All Culture As Collective Property And A Gift

By Ken Wark Source: P2P Foundation  An excerpt from Ken Wark’s new book: The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso, 2011). “The Situationist International was founded at a meeting of three women and six men in July 1957. All that remains of this fabled event are a series of stirring documents and some photographs, casual but made with an artist’s eye, by founding member Ralph Rumney.i The Situationist International dissolved itself in … Read entire article »

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Vince Carducci: Review Of McKenzie Wark’s The Beach Beneath the Street – The Everyday Life and Glorious Times Of The Situationist International

Vince Carducci: Review Of McKenzie Wark’s The Beach Beneath the Street – The Everyday Life and Glorious Times Of The Situationist International

By Vince Carducci Source: Deliberately Considered In the Romantic mythologies of the market niche formerly known as the counterculture, the Situationist International occupies a special place. Founded officially in Alba, Italy, in 1957 and dissolved in 1972, the SI sought alternatives to the strictures of the capitalist ruling order by exploring techniques for opening up experience to the fulfillment of authentic desire. Among those techniques were derive, the drift, unplanned excursions typically into the urban environment to uncover its objective and subjective conditions; detournement,diversion … Read entire article »

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Greg Maxwell: Massive JSTOR Leak – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

Greg Maxwell: Massive JSTOR Leak – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

By Greg Maxwell Source: Pirate Bay (Torrent) This archive contains 18,592 scientific publications totaling 33GiB, all from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and which should be available to everyone at no cost, but most have previously only been made available at high prices through paywall gatekeepers like JSTOR. Limited access to the documents here is typically sold for $19 USD per article, though some of the older ones are available as cheaply as $8. Purchasing access to this … Read entire article »

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London Critical Theory School

London Critical Theory School

(Audio) Event speakers include:  Drucilla Cornell,  Costas Douzinas, Slavoj Zizek,  Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Boaventura de Sousa Santos,  Esther Leslie, and Etienne Balibar. London Critical Theory School – Friday Debate I Discussion and debate with:  Drucilla Cornell,  Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek Chair:  Oscar Guardiola-Rivera Speakers: PLAY Debate & Audience Questions: PLAY London Critical Theory School – Friday Debate II Discussion and debate with:  Boaventura de Sousa Santos,  Esther Leslie and Etienne Balibar  Chair: Costas Douzinas PLAY PLAY Event Date: 1 July 2011 Room B34 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX   Source: backdoorbroadcasting.net (7/1/2011) … Read entire article »

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Christopher Turner: Wilhelm Reich – The Man Who Invented Free Love

Christopher Turner: Wilhelm Reich – The Man Who Invented Free Love

By: JD Salinger, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer were all devotees of the orgone energy accumulator, nicknamed by Woody Allen the ‘Orgasmatron’. Its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, claimed that better orgasms could cure society’s ills.   When Wilhelm Reich, the most brilliant of the second generation of psychoanalysts who had been Freud’s pupils, arrived in New York in August 1939, only a few days before the outbreak of war, he was optimistic that his ideas fusing sex and politics would be … Read entire article »

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Andrew Robinson: In Theory Bakunin Pt 3 – The Urge to Resist

Andrew Robinson: In Theory Bakunin Pt 3 – The Urge to Resist

By Andrew Robinson:   The urge to resist Bakunin is unusually alert to the affective dimension of politics. He argues that the force for resistance comes from a kind of inner urge to rebel. This instinct of revolt is ‘primordial and animal’, occurring in all living beings in various intensities. It is a matter of ‘temperament’ rather than intellect or morals, and it is, besides economic need, the most powerful cause of revolution. Bakunin follows the Marxist theory of … Read entire article »

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