Philosophy in Saturated Times

Frank Ruda's For Badiou: Idealism Without Idealism probes the question that has driven a number of interventions into Badiou's thought: what is the role of philosophy in non-evental or saturated times? Saturation is a state of atonality, a state in which the exception is not made actual. Saturation implies the end of a process or procedure of …

Elements of Islamophobia: The State, Class and Capital

I have a new essay up at Heathwood Press as part of their special series on Crisis Capitalism and Creeping Fascism – Bigotry, Racism, and the Rise of the Right in the Age of Neoliberal Barbarism. Please support Heathwood Press, an important new publisher working to revive the project of critical theory for today. Here …

Community and Subjectivity in Contemporary Theory: Dissertation Abstract

Since I have been away from writing essays and blogs for some time, it might be of interest to readers that I share the abstract of my dissertation that I have been working on, and have just finished. This is my penultimate draft and I plan to defend it this August. Overall, I feel good …

Badiou and Žižek: Radical Act vs. Evental Enthusiasm

One of the real benefits of an open access classroom at the European Graduate School is that all of the lectures are recorded and archived for online consumption. We do very little virtual work and have no virtual seminars, which I have personally participated in before via the Lutecium a non-school of Lacanian/Freudian Psychoanalysis and …

Antiphilosophy and the Knot of Transference

In philosophy, we wind up in a camp of thinkers whom we share some affinity with. When you're in your twenties you have the freedom to decide where to start. Then you reach your thirties and all those long hours in the library reading only what moves you are a thing of the past. At …

Radical Love and Žižek’s Ethics of Singularity

Last April, I presented a paper at the first ever Žižek Studies conference hosted by Verso Books, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, and SUNY Brockport in New York. I presented this paper with my colleagues at the European Graduate School in a panel on Žižek's ethics and theory of subjectivity. By the grace of …

On Žižek’s “Less Than Nothing” and Determinate Negation in Google Ideas

Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism is Žižek's most serious, all encompassing, and might I add, most well-structured work to date. While it does not announce a methodology for ideology critique as The Submie Object of Ideology, it consists of a series of problematization's of every prior and current reader/reading of …

Panel at 2012 Žižek Studies Conference: “The Perverted Subject Does (not) Exist: Subjectivity and Žižek’s Ethics”

I'm very happy to announce a panel I'm putting together at the 2012 Žižek Studies Conference, "Neo-liberal Perversions: Fantasy and Gaze in Contemporary Culture" at the College at Brockport (SUNY) April 28-29, 2012. At the recommendation of the conference director, Antonio Garcia (a great guy), I invited a few friends from the European Graduate School …

Are Catastrophes Virtual? – Žižek Up Close

Last night I went up to the University of Pennsylvania to listen to Žižek lecture on the virtuality of catastrophes. I kept my fingers crossed that the talk would present some new material, for which it did. I got the impression that his next big work (aside from the Hegel tome) will be at the …

The Subject Rendered Bare: Biogenetics and the Ontological Impact on Psychic Subjectivity

Download into pdf, "The Subject Rendered Bare" w/ full citations Scientific advances in biotechnology from the psychoanalytic tradition pose epistemological and ontological problems impacting the way that subjectivity itself is constituted. The point of interference into the subject of genetic enhancements, or the subject made “self objectified” by the rendering transparent of their genetic code, …

The Abyss of Freedom: Schelling and Lacan

Before philosophers have even spoke about the idea of freedom and autonomy for the subject, they have relied on a certain view of human nature. This view argues that the subject is at harmony with some sort of organic, balanced state of nature. That the subject is dependent on an integrated organic foundation of subjectivity. …

Some Problems with Zizek’s Account of Interpassivity

In a late capitalist world with our lives constantly bombarded by activity, interpassivity arises as a mode of fetishism that structures the symbolic space of our beliefs systems. An environment of constant activity results in what Lacan refers to as the “over-burdened demand to enjoy,” a build up of pressure from this demand causes the …

Zizek: Beyond Foucault

What Fabio Vighi's and Heiko Feldner's fabulous new book, Zizek: Beyond Foucault points towards is akin to Hubert Dreyfus’ question on Foucault’s political project, “is there any way to make resistance positive to move toward a new economy of bodies and pleasure?" Is it possible to theorize resistance without the subject at the center of …

A Case for Dialectical Materialism? Zizek’s Tarrying with the Negative

The strongest argument for a contemporary application of Hegel is Zizek’s Tarrying with the Negative. The treatment of the Logic of Essence within Tarrying with the Negative examines the evolution of “for-itself” to “in-itself,” extending from that, the relationship between an internal and an external that is always at odds, and how these theories of …