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Paris November 13, Réflexion

Here is an ensemble of recently published reflections on the Paris attacks by notable thinkers.

Slavoj Zizek writes:

There should be no “deeper understanding” of the ISIS terrorists (in the sense of “their deplorable acts are nonetheless reactions to European brutal interventions”); they should be characterized as what they are: the Islamo-Fascist counterpart of the European anti-immigrant racists—the two are the two sides of the same coin. 259 more words


French Philosophy Today: New figures of the Human, low-res cover

Today I received the first low resolution mock-up of the cover for my new book: French Philosophy Today. New Figures of the Human in Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres and Latour.  12 more words

Michel Serres

We Have Always Been Co-extensive

In deconstructing the nature/culture binary with which the West has tried to objectify the living world, the Anthropocene generates an existential challenge: from here on out, our species is coextensive with that world. 380 more words

The Faint Whiff of Context

Today I finished reading Rita Felski’s paper “Context Stinks!”, following up on some work I’ve been looking at on literary ethics in contemporary criticism. Felski’s central argument is that the category of  1,049 more words

5 Fascinating Facts About Bordeaux

There is no more famous wine region than Bordeaux, which is located in southwestern France.

Entire books have been written on the region and its estates, but a blog is no place for a book. 381 more words

Wine Buzz

Book Review: Sociological objects: reconfiguration of social theory , by Geoff Cooper, Andrew King and Ruth Rettie, Farnham, Ashgate, 2009

Is sociology, or should it be, changing? This is the key question that runs throughout this book. Authors shed some light on the ongoing reconfiguration of sociology and social theory. 80 more words


Gershon & Manning—Language and Media

Language and Media

by Ilana Gershon and Paul Manning


examines media in terms of the materiality of the medium and how that affects mediated communication… 3,871 more words