Category Archive: Philosophy

Theaters of Comity and Cruelty: The Ethics of Performing Selves

(x-posted to The Valve) In his Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Alexandre Kojeve gives a succinct and compelling account of the irony of the “fight to the death” which occurs (in G.… Continue reading

Back In The Saddle Again, Plus Meta-Blogging and Rorty

Dear readers, Thanks so much for bearing with me during my hiatus, brought about my exams and last-minute wrap-up for the school year. I’m delighted to report that I passed my comprehensive exams,… Continue reading

Here at The Kugelmass Episodes…

…we play your requests, as The Constructivist knows. Ben Wolfson‘s asked for copies of my current reading for my upcoming qualifying exams in literature. The exams are based on three lists and accompanying… Continue reading

Getting Lincoln Wrong: Ann Althouse, The New York Times, and the American Student

(x-posted to The Valve) Law professor and conservative blogger Ann Althouse, in a post (and follow-up post) in which she advocates discontinuing the study of fiction in schools, has drawn my attention to… Continue reading

Preface: Telling Stories

When I was writing my post on The Little Mermaid, a strange and not-very-pleasant image occurred to me. I felt like a trained seal. I’ve spent about three weeks trying to figure out… Continue reading

Nietzsche’s Unexpected Feminisms: Iphigenia, Helen, and Penthesilea in Derrida’s Spurs

(x-posted to The Valve) If you’re into this sort of thing, what follows is a close reading of Trojan allusions in Jacques Derrida’s study of Nietzsche, Spurs. There is a pay-off: Derrida discovers,… Continue reading

The Assault on Hedonism, Part 2: Nietzsche, Pater, Marcus

(x-posted to The Valve) At the end of my last post on hedonism, I wrote: “At least, since we have to start somewhere, to start by tackling the relationship between consumption and pleasure,… Continue reading

The Assault on Hedonism, Part 1: Plutarch

(x-posted to The Valve) This morning, as I was rummaging in my fridge for celery, tomato juice, and raw eggs, it occurred to me that an all-out attack on the “permissive hedonism” of… Continue reading

Beyond Values?

DM, at Antigram, has a new post up about the Zizek debate. It’s good; the first part of it is about Western “hedonism” and debate over enjoyment, which I’ll try to address in… Continue reading

Porn, Dracula, Lynch, Lebowski

(x-posted to The Valve) In a marvelous post at Is There No Sin In It?, A White Bear (AWB) gives us her definition of pornography: I’d like for [my students] to see pornography… Continue reading