Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler

On that which follows terror. Nothing in his fucked-up study of black history had ever hipped him to this: The long life of a people can use their fugitivity, their grief, their history for good. This isn't magic, this is how it was, and how it will always be. This is how we keep our… Continue reading Becoming Undone // Arendt and Butler

The Ends of the World // Kant and Fisher

On imagining futures. A philosophical attempt to write a general world history according to a plan of nature which aims at a perfect civil association of mankind must be considered possible and even helpful to this intention of nature.             Immanuel Kant, “Idea for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent” (1784) Capitalism is what is… Continue reading The Ends of the World // Kant and Fisher

The Island, the Promised Land, and the Desert // Derrida

On being. “In this same light, and under the same sky, let us this day name three places: the island, the Promised Land, the desert. Three aporetical places: with no way out or any assured path, without itinerary or point of arrival, without an exterior with a predictable map and a calculable programme. These three… Continue reading The Island, the Promised Land, and the Desert // Derrida

Law // Esposito (Part 4)

On the excess of death, the limits of life. But something else comes into view, that is, the reason behind the desire for breaking, for going beyond finiteness and experiencing the infinite. This is another way of saying coming into direct contact with the Thing, experiencing community on one’s own flesh, taking pleasure in the… Continue reading Law // Esposito (Part 4)

Guilt // Esposito (Part 3)

On learning to forget.   The accidental, that which happens, strikes the origin and pulls the origin outside itself. It grabs hold of the origin and then loses it. This is how history, society, and technology are born. Time: death. Time is death: the origin of every evil insofar as it superimposed, superseded, and is… Continue reading Guilt // Esposito (Part 3)

Fear // Esposito (Part 2)

On making death certain. Indeed, what does it mean that we are “mortals” if not that we are subjects above all to fear? Because the fear that traverses us or rather constitutes us is essentially the fear of death; fear of no longer being what we are: alive.              Roberto Esposito, Communitas: The Origin and… Continue reading Fear // Esposito (Part 2)