Tuesday, August 07, 2007

How revolutionary collective emerge

Derrida, in Speech and Phenomena, rigorously thinks through repetition, the signifier, and the trace, simultaneously subjecting the subject/object hegemony to a critique and opening the way towards thinking this third domain, the domain of the social, philosophically or conceptually, rather than simply dogmatically asserting claims drawn from various social sciences. Levinas and Others have attempted to carefully think through the Other, or that which has perpetually haunted the history of philosophy without directly being thematized. Again, Levinas accomplishes this philosophically or conceptually.
Dialectics provides a number of promising avenues through its capacity to think the identity of identity and difference, or the mutual imbrication of the same and the other, but still this hasn’t been nearly worked through as systematically as it needs to be. What is here needed is a sort of borromean knot, where the regions of subject, world, and other (in all their forms) are carefully thought through in their conjunction and disjunction. I don’t yet know how to do this as, in many respect, it is equivalent to the yet unsolved “three body problem” in physics.
Anyway, back to Sartre. One of the reasons I’ve been drawn back to the rather unlikely source of Sartre’s later writings is that he seems to be one of the few places in social and political thought– to my limited knowledge –where the focus is not on the critique of social organizations, but rather on the formation, the morphogenesis, of groups. As is so often the case with works that fall into oblivion (recall Lucretius prior to the Enlightenment, or Hegel early in the last century), only to suddenly become relevant again when a shift takes place in the field of questions being posed, Sartre’s late work strikes me as being poised for a fresh reading (ask me a again whether I still think this in a few weeks).
A good deal of this has to do with the way in which social and political theory is now returning to questions of group formation as opposed to social critique. Moreover, of the star of Badiou continues to rise as it now appears to be rising, there will likely be renewed interest in Sartre’s late work as a result of the decisive influence it had on Badiou’s own thought. When we look at figures such as Negri and Hardt, Zizek’s more recent works since The Ticklish Subject, and Badiou’s analyses of truth-procedures in Being and Event and elsewhere, the red thread that runs through all these works is the question of how revolutionary collective emerge...August 7, 2007 Problems of Self-Reflexivity– Scattered Reflections and Free AssociationsPosted by larvalsubjects under Marx , Populations , Badiou , Antagonism , Autonomy , Ideology , Critique , Agency , Sartre , Politics

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