On Rousseau's homeopathic strategy
Rousseau maintains that the spectacle isolates us at the very same moment when it brings us together. In this talk, delivered as 2013 Cassirer Lecture of the University of Gothenburg, I argue that this striking remark must be understood within the more general framework of a critique of the spectacular nature of modern society. If the spectacle is not simply an occasional form of entertainment, but a social relationship that pervades modern society as a whole, how can we escape from it? Rousseau’s homeopathic strategy, according to which we should fight an evil through small doses of that very same evil, offers a solution that is crucial for grasping the scope of Rousseau’s critique of the spectacle as well as for rethinking the possibility of democracy. ...
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1. One does not have to look far to find intellectuals trained in the humanities, even the social sciences, who feel the need to ‘critique’ the concept of the Anthropocene. Clearly, since we did not invent this concept, it must somehow be lacking! And yet rarely does one find them trying the inverse procedure: what if we took the Anthropocene as that which critiques the state of critical thought? Maybe it is our concepts that are to be found lacking… 2. Even to understand the Anthropocene in its own terms calls for a certain ‘vulgarity’ of thought. The Anthropocene is about ...
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Public Seminar Review Volume 1, Issue 1
Inaugural Edition (Fall 2013)
The first trimester 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