Before the Law // Exodus

The violence that [Walter] Benjamin defines as divine is instead situated in a zone in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between exception and rule. […] Divine violence shows the connection between the two violences [i.e. law-making and law-preserving]—and, even more, between violence and law—to be the single real content of law.            … Continue reading Before the Law // Exodus

A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.             Genesis 1.1-2 Here one may certainly admire man as a mighty genius of construction, who succeeds in… Continue reading A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1

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

Everyday Neoliberalism // Mirowski

On how I learned to stop worrying and love the market. It is predominantly the story of an entrepreneurial self equipped with promiscuous notions of identity and selfhood, surrounded by simulacra of other such selves. […] Everyone strove to assume a persona that someone else would be willing to invest in, all in the name… Continue reading Everyday Neoliberalism // Mirowski

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)