The traditional year-end inventory of my year in reading. Lists may be clichéd, but they really help me take a breath of air and look out on my intellectual projects and track where I am headed. This year I added the category of "best secondary literature and essays." If you want any of these essays … Continue reading Best Books of 2019
It's time to restore a tradition on this blog: the classic year-end best books list. 2018 has been a fairly significant year for my research and reading. As you will see below, my primary concerns orbit around political economy, psychoanalysis, the history of Marxist thought, the Black Radical Tradition, the theological genealogy of socialist thought, … Continue reading The Best Books of 2018
With 2016 now entering its final days, it's time to give this brutish year a proper send off by taking inventory of some of the best books I've read over the span of the year. While not every book one reads delivers on its promise or even manages to leave an impact, some books certainly … Continue reading The best books I read in 2016
My review of Remzig Keucheyan's, The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today is up at the Huffington Post. As you can see from my review, I found the book to be a tremendous contribution to the field of left politics and organization and to the academic field of critical theory. Has critical theory begun to shrug off the … Continue reading My Book Review of The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today
I've just finished After the Future by Franco "Bifo" Berardi, a text that I loved for its effortless prose and ability to convey theoretical ideas with a refreshing sense of clarity. Bifo is an expert on Guattari, and so his whole approach to the question of subjectivity is premised on a non-dialectical approach, one that … Continue reading Subjectivation: Aufheben or Therapy?
Badiou's book on Deleuze, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being presents Deleuze as an aristocratic philosopher of the One, a Nietzschean vitalist who isn't too far removed from Plato's Parmenidies in continually affirming that there is only One path to being. Badiou's text has generated many important controversies and bones of contention. Zizek's work on Deleuze, … Continue reading Review: Badiou’s “Deleuze: The Clamor of Being”
2011 brought about many great things. My daughter was born, I began my PhD at European Graduate School, (including a month residency in the Swiss Alps) and I reached 20,000 dialogues after four years of hard work. It was also a year of learning and study. A couple friends have asked me to share what … Continue reading The Best Books of 2011: A List
The concept of alienation at its core implies that the true nature of something, its essence, or its actual existence is divorced from its real nature. This definition depends on essentialism; the idea that there is a true nature to things, hence it is a metaphysical concept. What is this true nature? It varies widely … Continue reading The Other’s Other: Alienation After Derrida
Marcel Proust’s A la recherché du temps perdu “In Search of Lost Time” is concerned with creating a world where his readers are able to communicate in a sacred place: a world where they can discover coherence between time and space, where the establishment of a new form of truth through experiencing felt time is … Continue reading Proust’s Ethics of Sacred Imagination
A review of Judith Butler's Giving an Account of Oneself by Daniel Tutt.
Peter Rollins' book How (Not) to Speak of God shook my world and made me excited about the emergent movement. The text deconstructs several core Christian theological concepts: the place of doubt in Christianity, salvation, truth, one’s desire for spiritual transformation, and the place of God. Rollins strength is in his philosophical approach to theology. … Continue reading How (Not) to Speak of God: Book Review
Simon Critchley’s text on ethics and politics, Infinitely Demanding addresses the drift of nihilism that has overcome our contemporary conception of the political. Nihilism in this case is how we experience our societies as externally compulsory, but not internally compelling. In many ways Critcley's real asset is in bringing philosophy into a concrete relationship to … Continue reading Fulfilling the Traumatic Demand: Review of Critchley’s Ethics
St. Paul regards virtue as emanating from a source of spontaneous goodness, where “the law” ought to be “inscribed onto the heart rather than codified onto tablets of stone.” This Pauline conception of the Law is much like Lacan’s symbolic realm, yet it’s symbolic system is one that orients the Christian community towards the good … Continue reading Apostles of the Real – Terry Eagleton’s “Trouble with Strangers”