A reading of On the Cult of Fetish Gods
Since Marx' and Freud's influential usage of the term, we became accustomed to talk about fetishism as a topic for psychology and social theory. It is rarely remembered that the topic was originally a topic in theology and ethnology. Why has fetishism assumed such a wide meaning? Why do theorists of fetishism, from Marx to Freud and passing by Comte, always begin with applying it to a specific topic but then ending up generalizing it? These are some of the questions that Alan Bass tackles in his talk delivered as part of the Philosophy Thursday Nights Series. This talk is part of Alan Bass's ongoing project, which aims at examining the implications of Freud's generalization of fetishism at the end of his life in relation to the history of discourse on the subject. ...
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Public Seminar Review Volume 1, Issue 1
Inaugural Edition (First Semester 2013)
The first semester of the Public Seminar is over, and the papers are now in, presented in this Inaugural Issue. We started our active publishing with reports and analyses on the Gezi protests in Istanbul; our last feature of the year was a poetic eyewitness report on the Maidan protests in Kiev. In between, many other reports and reflections on pressing issues of the day were published and discussed, as were pieces on enduring problems, from empathy to the social condition to penis envy.
In Volume 1, Issue 1
- Capitalism and its Alternatives
- Democracy and Media
- Identity: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Psychology
- The Arts and Literature
- Memory and Miscellaneous
With: Andrew Arato, Cinzia Arruzza, Richard J. Bernstein, Jay M. Bernstein, Andriy Bondarenko, Fabián Bosoer, Chiara Bottici, Vince Carducci, Emanuele Castano, Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Simon Critchley, Daniel Dayan, Irit Dekel, Federico Finchelstein, Nancy Fraser, Mark Frazier, Daryl Glaser, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Yana Gorokhovskaia, Glenn Greenwald, Nick Haekkerup, Michael D. Hall, Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Beth Kalikoff, Leslie Kaplan, Siobhan Kattago, Paul A. Kottman, Esther Kreider-Verhalle, Elzbieta Matynia, William Milberg, Virag Molnar, Hugh Raffles, Jeremy Safran, Gema Santamaría, Anwar Shaikh, Iddo Tavory, Ertug Tombus, Jeremy Varon, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, McKenzie Wark, Susan Yelavich, Eli Zaretsky, and Vera Zolberg