Daniel Tutt works on contemporary philosophy, filmmaking and interfaith social justice. He is the Director and Co-Producer of a new documentary film in the making entitled “Insurrections” that explores the philosophy behind recent protest movements from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. His writing has appeared in Common Ground News Service, the Washington Post, the Platypus Review, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, The San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies, TheThe Poetry Blog and the Huffington Post.

He is Professor of Media Studies and the Dean of Student Affairs at the Global Center for Advanced Studies, an independent movement for the transformation of higher learning addressing foundational, historical and theoretical issues of contemporary global concern. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the European Graduate School, where he studied continental philosophy, media studies and psychoanalysis. His dissertation invokes the concept of community in contemporary continental philosophy through a comparative analysis of four influential thinkers including Alain Badiou (advisor and chair of dissertation), Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau and Jean-Luc Nancy. He holds a Masters of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University and he is a Fellow at the nonpartisan think tank, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where he researches policy issues related to Islam and Muslims.

As an activist, he works on interfaith dialogue and social justice for Muslim communities in America. He has worked with the American Muslim community for nearly a decade and has built several educational and social action projects that seek to counter Islamophobia. He has also produced several media and film projects that have educated a wide mainstream American audience about Islam in America.

As the Director of Outreach and Foundation Relations at Unity Productions Foundation he oversees the organization’s foundation relations, assists with production projects, and oversees the digital, community and educational programs at UPF. Daniel is a member of the Lacanian Forum of Washington, DC, a psychoanalytic association and a board member for several religious and academic organizations.

Please feel free to email any questions or ideas. More info about me can be found here.

Spirit is a Bone

Spirit is a Bone is a blog and website interested in a wide-array of topics, including: psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, ethics, community, political theory and ontology. The thinkers that I most frequently engage and whom I find most affinity include:  Hegel, Lacan, Marx and Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau and Jean-Luc Nancy.

When Hegel declared that spirit is a bone, he identified the limited nature of truth seeking itself. For a long period of our history, the phrenologist determined the intelligence of man by the skulls weight and length. History moved forward with this truth as a universal.

This website is not a monograph or a genealogy of ignorance. On the contrary, what you will find at Spirit is a Bone are simply my opinions, ideas, fragments, notes, thoughts, links, as well as more well-formed essays and blogs.

Outside of Hegel’s ruminations on phrenology, “spirit is a bone” is also one of the central concepts that he employed to describe his concept of infinite judgment, or absolute knowing. So Spirit is a Bone represents the very core of subjectivity in the Hegelian mode, mainly as the gap between the material stuff of existence, (the bone) and geist (spirit); a convergence of opposites that is constitutive of spirit itself and remains its condition of possibility. Thus, the spirit cannot subsist in pure being and relies on the materiality of the world to exist.



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  1. Hi, I am following some of your essays. Actually I am interested with the word “Islamophobia”. In my opinion, the problem is not “Islamophobia”. But, “Muslimophobia”. As an ex-muslim, I have a very reasonable phobia toward Islam. But I don’t have any reason to be afraid of muslim. My big families in Indonesia, are muslims. Some of them even known as Quran teachers.

    I think, the idea to stop Islamophobia is a mistake. What we need to do is, stopping Muslimophobia. As a former journalist, I notice, there is a big different between Islam in Indonesia before 1998 and after 1998. After 1998, lots of Islamic incidents (riots, bombings, murders, etc) occured. Before 1998, Soeharto regime with his dictatorial system, succeed to make Islam as a religion of peace in Indonesia. Lots of muslims, but very rare who actually practice 100% Islamic teachings. There is a well known phrase related to those kind of muslims, “Abangan”. All of these, happened, because Soeharto always eliminated all muslim fundamentalist. There is no Islam Kaffah movement, Syariah movement, etc. Indonesia has Pancasila as a main source of Indonesian constitution. And Soeharto with his strength system, able to prevent Islamic quality growth.

    So, what I am trying to say, we need to stop Muslimophobia, not Islamophobia. People must be aware about the danger of Islamic teaching and strategy. If to eliminate Islam is an utopia, then we need to have a strong government that defend Human Rights and Secularism.

    (actually I would like to attend your lecture in SFU May 15, 2012 at 7:30pm
    …but I am afraid, as there is no guarantee that I will not be killed by muslim fundamentalist…I almost get killed 3 times in Indonesia, just because asked some questions about Islam…..I am very grateful to live in Canada, but to attend any seminar about Islam, I still am afraid, as for sure I will criticize Islam….So, I just wish you have a good time while in Vancouver).

    Best Regards,

    Ex Muslim Indonesia

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