Month: June 2011

Crowell on Phenomenology

Steven Crowell (Rice) offers a defense of phenomenology in an interview here, with mentions of McLuhan and speculative realism. Harman responds briefly here. This provides a nicer summation of the whole speculative realism movement and the reaction to it, which isolates what often leads philosophers to talk past one another, since the latter takes ontology as first philosophy and the former (like Crowell) take the problems of access and epistemology as paramount.

Are you looking for somehow who “values your values”?

And by values, I mean the rapacious egoism of Ayn Rand?

Teaching in the US, students will be enamored by her work and I always ask, well, would you extend it to your relationships? (Especially since Rand based several of her heroic characters on a sadistic rapist and killer? And that her “love scenes” are better described as rape?) Now you can find like-minded egoists willing to dispense with that hated notion of compassion, thanks to the irony-inhibited authors of The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason, who recall for us Rand’s dictum that “to say ‘I love you,’ one must first learn to say ‘I.'”

Paulian Non-Conversions

Like Tim, I’m not sure about Paul as a model for the Left, though likely for different reasons. But the Paulian moment feels oh so 2003 or so: Agamben, Badiou, Zizek, etc., all writing on him at the time. For me it’s linked to the questionable political temporality, which might not be far, actually, from what Tim its non-democratic ethos.

Moving II

After I told Junior we’d be moving to Canada–I had broached whether he’d be up for it before–he reflexively gave me his quick checklist: “okay, I’ll have to start learning French and borrow your hockey stick.” Well, he can put off the French for a bit; no need to make the Anglophiles of St. John’s suspicious. But wow, the hockey thing is legit.

PS Speaking of Junior, here’s a nice trick for getting rid of those knots in his shoes he seems to always double-down on.

Mark Fisher, et al., on Dawn of the Dead

Via A Piece of Monologue:

On 26 May, as part of Birkbeck Arts Week (23-28 May), academics shared their thoughts on George A. Romero’s zombie horror classic, Dawn of the Dead (1978). The roundtable discussion was introduced by Dr Amber Jacobs (Psychosocial Studies) and included four speakers: Mark Fisher (Cultural Studies and Music Culture, Goldsmiths) Gordon Hon (Artist and Lecturer in Visual Culture, Winchester School of Art), Paul Myerscough (Senior Editor at the London Review of Books) and Dr Catherine Grant (Senior Lecturer in Film from Sussex University). The event was part of a series entitled ‘Intrusions: Vampires, Strangers and Monstrous Others’, convened by the Urban Studies group of the Raphael Samuel History Centre  [Listen]