The Significant Event is to be distinguished from an event in reality. The Significant Event involves reality but never occurs in reality; it is the encountering of the point of contention. Significance itself may occur in reality as various events can begin a count of meaning in the arena of pure multiples (reality), from events… Continue reading SE Part 10a. Transformation and Conversion.
But unfortunately, it is real. —-
Many may have become interested, or involved, in OOO because of its appeal to a mythic underpinning to its grand narrative about the history of philosophy. Disappointment and despair at the wasteland of academic philosophy, the discovery of an online community of passionate thinkers, the gradual rise within this community of speculative warriors fighting for the new life that this thought can bring to a dying academia with its unthinking lackeys.
It is sad to see all this vitality undermined in favour of branding and commerce. It is a sad thing to see philosophy perverted into the marketising of pseudo-concepts. Witnessing such a spectacle can be a powerful motive for philosophising.
No pedagogy which is truly liberating can remain distant from the oppressed by treating them as unfortunates and by presenting for their emulation models from among the oppressors. The oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption (Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970, p. 54)
As I am setting in a cold, concrete classroom, prepping essay instructions for a group of young students who are trying to get to the US university system here in South Korea, I keep thinking of my duty to my students. The words for Paulo Freire sit with me, but also how misguided many of the attempts to use him by “progressive liberal” educators are. The focus was always on the banking model of education–fight against the idea that the teacher was an informational storehouse. This notion of Freire’s is totally in line with prior liberal models of education, such as…
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We have encountered a description of divergence and how an arm of such motion remains conventional despite itself. On one side of things, conventional discourse functions to perpetuate its method by subsuming and sublating contradiction in real meaningful negation, exposing the contradiction as a form of negation that itself is negated but not reinserted as… Continue reading SE Part 9: Some Zizek, with a pinch of Badiou.
Nonsense! Ridiculousness! The usual suspects rage. So now we need to try and reel it in. If the fish has been snagged by the line, then we need to start to bring it back away from the fish of mere ideas, back from objectival discourse that sees authors and their ideas as True Things to… Continue reading SE Part 8: A Little Bit on Graham Harman and his Object Oriented Ontology.