Here is the introduction of my essay for a new book on Žižek and Education edited by Antonio Garcia, with contributions from many of my favorite Žižek scholars.
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Is what Freud did to Judaism in Moses and Monotheism taking place in the work of Fethi Benslama, a leading Lacanian Islamic studies scholar today? Continue reading »
Mulla Sadrā presents the most comprehensive account of being qua being in Islam by seeking a synthesis of Avicenna (metaphysics) and Suhrawardi (interpretation of being in the ontology of lights) into a new conception of reality, what is called “al-wujud” in Arabic, which is an existential term, as well as a verb. Continue reading »
Alain Badiou’s translation of Plato leaves us with a rare sense that politics can once again be associated with truth, courage and justice, and that we have an agency at our disposal that comes in the passionate work of bringing the idea of equality into existence. Continue reading »
I gave a talk down in Nashville recently with a group called the Family of Abraham, a multi-faith organization that formed in response to intense religious intolerance following the attempt to ban shariah law in Tennessee. The local newspaper in Nashville, the Tennessean wrote a nice piece on the event, which you can read here, … Continue reading »
In analysis, one of the most frustrating questions an analyst can ask is: “Yes, I know that’s what you are saying, but is it really that way, or is what you are saying more of a wish?” Or, I know that you think you are over this, or that you have identified the way this … Continue reading »
We should begin our journey into the difficult terrain of atheism with a reminder from another great French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, who wrote, “we are always forced to think. Thinking is like a shove in our back. Thought is neither pleasant nor desired. It is a violence done to us.” Continue reading »