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

Experience // Esposito (Part 6)

On displaying the wound. Non-knowledge isn’t the production or the attribution of meaning but knowledge’s being exposed to what denies and negates it. Whereas knowledge tends to stitch up every tear, non-knowledge consists in holding open the opening that we already are; of not blocking but rather displaying the wound in and of our existence.… Continue reading Experience // Esposito (Part 6)

The Way of Unknowing // Wittgenstein

On the limits of language and thought, the non-objectivity of morality.   Thus the Tractatus was, first and foremost, an attack on all forms of rational systems of ethics—that is, theories of ethics that would base human conduct upon reason.             Allan Janik & Stephen Toulmin, Wittgenstein’s Vienna (1973) How things are in the world… Continue reading The Way of Unknowing // Wittgenstein