Category Archive: Philosophy

Nietzsche, Kant, Amanda Claybaugh

If, for some God-unknown reason, you are actually knee-deep enough in literary studies and philosophy and the like to want to read an essay on politics and literature, check out Part 1 of… Continue reading

The Cat Is Not On The Mat

(x-posted to The Valve) The Valve’s John Holbo, in his most recent post on Jacques Derrida (to which I also referred in my previous post), added in the comments section a wonderful and… Continue reading

The Specter of the Name (For Jacques Derrida)

(x-posted to The Valve) To cite before the beginning is to give the tone through the resonance of a few words, the meaning or form of which ought to set the stage. -Jacques… Continue reading

Grizzly Man, A Thought

Dear readers, In response to your questions: My exams are scheduled for the end of May. * This is inspired by uncomplicatedly’s wonderful new post on Georges Bataille and Simone Weil, which ends… Continue reading

Betrayers: The full text of the talk on Genet, Joyce, Wilde, and Dylan

(x-posted to The Valve, of course) I’ve reproduced below the full text of my talk at UC Irvine on crime and political conscience in modern art. Since the talk is designed to give… Continue reading

One Art: Epigraphs And A Sketch of Loss

Let one ponder this and then think on a little further; certainly no-one will then speak of a ‘drive to knowledge in and for itself’! —Why then does man prefer the true to… Continue reading

Where I’m going, where I have been

I’ve been here and there in the blogosphere, so the absence of new posts is really an invitation to check out some fierce debates with remarkable writers. Thanks to all for your comments… Continue reading

On The Accusation Of Totalitarianism

(x-posted to The Valve) (Update: all links should be working now.) It has become commonplace, these days, to associate numerous kinds of thought with totalitarianism. This, in itself, is remarkable, considering the legacy… Continue reading

Invitations and Promises, or Irony vs. Irony

(x-posted to The Valve) This piece is a response to a series of posts at Oublié Sur La Carte that send up (“roast” was his term) my essay on Paul de Man. It… Continue reading

The Debate Over Theory at the Valve

Dear readers, If you’d like to read my contribution to the ongoing debate about the historical status of “theory,” check out the new post at the Valve. I also give a negative review… Continue reading