Category Archive: Philosophy

In response to Jodi Dean, on radicalism

Her post, and this post as a comment with uncooperative formatting, is here. First, radicalism does not have to be a rhetoric of defeat–and I don’t think it always is. I think of… Continue reading

Cansei De Ser Sexy and Joss Whedon’s Firefly

CHAZZ: We’re going to dance to one song, and one song only. (sings) My hump, my hump, my lovely lady hump. JIMMY: I don’t even know what that song means! CHAZZ: No-one knows… Continue reading

Why I’m Not A Radical

There are individual exceptions; but so far as a man sees the need for converting himself as well as the World, he is approximating to the religious point of view. But for most… Continue reading

Debunking Andrew Scull: Michel Foucault’s History of Madness

(x-posted to The Valve) It is time, at last, for me to confront Andrew Scull’s recent review (now a little less so) of Michel Foucault’s book Madness and Civilization. The book has come… Continue reading

Derision Does Not Equal Theory

At the enjoyable, smartly written theory blog Antigram, Daniel has posted a new commentary by Jacques-Alain Miller (one of the executors of Jacques Lacan’s estate) on Google. Here’s an excerpt: Google serves a… Continue reading

Plato and Derrida on Democracy: States of Desire

(x-posted to The Valve) In a recent post at the Lacanian blog Larval Subjects, the eponymous author (we’ll call him LS) writes: Is it truly possible, I wonder, to ever desire the difference… Continue reading

Madness, Neither Free Nor Pure

Suppose one were to ask why so many Americans go mad: an estimated 57.7 million American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, and approximately one in four of those are seriously… Continue reading

I Will Cure Mental Illness Through The Power Of My Contempt

Apparently it’s stupid season again. Over at the Valve, one of my threads is in danger of being strangled to death by a commenter who not only believes that all communicative acts are… Continue reading

We’re All Mad Here

Among the small (frankly, the dwindling) number of purely academic blogs that haunt the blogroll on the right, one of the hardiest survivors, along with Spurious in his infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering melancholy,… Continue reading

The rest of the Claybaugh review…

…is available here. I’m happy with it.