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The Potentiality of Law and The Form of Law

From Homo Sacer, this is Part 1, sections 3-4.

The remainder of Part 1 argues that the sovereign exception holds sway over law and life because our legal logic, or better, our common political ontology, insists that the potential to found a new legal system (which we can call constituting power or law-founding violence) maintains an ongoing relation to actual legal systems (constituted powers, or law-preserving violence).   3,533 more words


Homo Sacer, Part 1: §3-4

Here is the reading for Saturday, May 7.  A printable copy is here, and we will meet here at 4:30.

In the first two sections, Agamben argued that there is a paradox inherent to sovereignty: sovereignty must be both inside and outside the law.   3,725 more words


Python Script Errors: object () takes no parameters

Object () takes no parameters

Often caused by missing underscores for the __init__ method. The __init__ creates an instance of a particular class.

Python makes a distinction between creating an object, and initializing an object. 140 more words


Poetry and Madness: Blake, Eigen and the Psychotic God, by Peter Anderson

Ecstasy and Psychosis: Who We Really Are

In many ways, I believe that Michael Eigen is attempting to restore to psychology a dimension suppressed by the scientistic ambitions of the academicized discipline, where the drastic attempt to reduce language to a vehicle for hard data makes of language itself nothing but an empty shell, good only to serve as a frame for the apparent objectivity of statistics. 1,704 more words

William Blake

Applied Existentialism

THREE YOUNG and brilliant philosophers — the good-hearted Jean-Paul Sartre, the elegant Simone de Beauvoir, and the debonair Raymond Aron — sat in a bar on Paris’s rue du Montparnasse sometime around 1932.

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Poetry Month & Simic's prose

I have read and enjoyed a great deal of Charles Simic‘s poetry over the years. How did I miss his prose?

I just picked up… 312 more words


And there is a analytic-continental Split after all

If you didn’t notice, Massimo Piggliuci started some new experiment in the blogosphere. He is publishing his new book “The Nature of Philosophy: How Philosophy Makes Progress and Why It Matters” in a series on his blog Plato’s Footnote. 391 more words