Category Archives: Techne(101)

Culture Industry Redux: Stiegler and Derrida on Technics and Cultural Politics By Robert Sinnerbrink

Issue No. 17 2009 — Bernard Stiegler and the Question of Technics Culture Industry Redux: Stiegler and Derrida on Technics and Cultural Politics By Robert Sinnerbrink In the conclusion to his landmark 1996 study, Derrida and the Political, Richard Beardsworth outlines “two possible futures” for Derridean deconstruction. The first he describes as a “left-wing Derrideanism,” which would foreground “Derrida’s analysis of originary technicity,” and develop the supplementary logic of the trace “in terms of the mediations between [the] human and the technical” (Derrida and the Political 156). Such a future has been powerfully realised in the work of Bernard Stiegler,…

From Post to Neo and back: Habermas and Derrida by Raymond van de Wiel

< href="http://www.raymondvandewiel.org/">From Post to Neo and back: Habermas and Derrida  Raymond van de Wiel   “Do we not perhaps above all bear witness to and even participate in the ‘production of a new subjectivity’? Do not the changes in capitalism find an unexpected ‘encounter’ in the slow emergence of a new Self as a centre of resistance? Each time there is a social change, is there not a movement of subjective reconversion with its ambiguities but also its potential?’ -- Gilles Deleuze1 It seems to me that there is an interesting ‘reconversion’ of the prefix ‘post’ toward something that could…

The Climate of History: Four Theses by Dipesh Chakrabarty

The Climate of History: Four Theses Dipesh Chakrabarty DIPESH CHAKRABARTY is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and a professorial fellow at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University. The current planetary crisis of climate change or global warming elicits a variety of responses in individuals, groups, and governments, ranging from denial, disconnect, and indifference to a spirit of engagement and activism of varying kinds and degrees. These responses saturate our sense of the now. Alan Weisman’s best-selling book The World without Us suggests a…

DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller) Baudrillard: A Remembrance of Things Unpassed

Baudrillard: A Remembrance of Things Unpassed By Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid I first met Jean Baudrillard at a conference Sylvere Lottringer of Semiotext(e) organized in Las Vegas several years ago. The idea of the conference was about chance processes. Needless to say, with the Whiskey Casino as the backdrop for the conference, and randomness as the main motif of the situation, the soundtrack of the constant churning of slot machine wheels and pulleys, and the continuous movement of the attendees between speeches and gambling, it all seemed totally appropriate. Baudrillard gave his speech dressed in…

a transitional being?

[caption id="attachment_2962" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="man is a rope between beast and overman.... (Nietzsche) "][/caption] Sri Aurobindo: Man is a transitional being. He is not final. The step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in the earth’s evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner spirit and the logic of Nature’s process.” .............. Friedrich Nietzsche Thus spake Zarathustra THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA. FIRST PART. ZARATHUSTRA’S DISCOURSES. ZARATHUSTRA’S PROLOGUE. 1. When Zarathustra was thirty years old, he left his home and the lake of his home, and went into the mountains. There he enjoyed…

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