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(Art) Existence Without a World (Levinas)

Reading Existence and Existents by Emmanuel Levinas, I stumbled across this neat little bit about art in the chapter on “Existence without a World.” This is a 1947 text, written right after the war, and before, it seems, the turn … Continue reading

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Out of This World: Virtual Reality and Philosophical Talmud (Sergey Dolgopolski)

It is the first study to take seriously the philosophical ligaments of Babylonian Talmud from the perspectives drawn from film theory, Heideggerian post-phenomenology, and virtual reality. A thick bit of a rough read, I tried to make basic sense of … Continue reading

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(Control) Why Are Philosophers Such Nasty People? (Patricia Crone)

Why is it that philosophers tend to nastiness, tend to be such nasty people? Patricia Crone’s caustic assessment of philosophers and philosophy in God’s Rule — Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought is as funny as it … Continue reading

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Eye and Mind and Flesh (Merleau-Ponty)

I just taught for the second time Merleau-Ponty’s two major essays on painting. The first one, “Cezanne’s Doubt” was written in 1945 and is typically seen as a complement to Merleau-Ponty’s completed opus from the same time, The Phenomenology of … Continue reading

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Smooth-Striated

  I really like this image, which I found at: http://christianhubert.com/writings/smooth_striated.html. It reminds me of Talmud. It helps distinguish what Deleuze & Guattari mean by smooth and striated space. Note that in 1000 Plateaus, the point is not to privilege one … Continue reading

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“Body without Organs”

Eva Hesse (found at: http://frontieracademyart.com/?p=376) Is this what a “body without organs” looks like? I mental-spatial structure with no clearly articulated central, controlling organs. Art historian-critic Rosalind Krauss makes excellent use of Deleuze in her discussion of the artist Eva Hesse. … Continue reading

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Dualism-Monism, Actual-Virtual

  I was going over my notes for Deleuze’s Bergsonism. It was discussed on the first day of class at Gail Hamner’s Deleuze-Foucault seminar at SU, and I wanted to catch up. I realized how hard it is to get … Continue reading

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