MULTITUDE OF BLOGS None of the PDFs are my own productions. I've collected them from web (e-mule, avax, libreremo, socialist bros, cross-x, gigapedia..) What I did was thematizing. This blog's project is to create an e-library for a Heideggerian philosophy and Bourdieuan sociology Φ market-created inequalities must be overthrown in order to close knowledge gap. this is an uprising, do ya punk?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


nothing to say. just a montage-assemblage

What then, if philosophy – whether as critique or not – loses its sovereignty, and is indeed no longer capable of effecting its own desubstantialisation, its own expropriation? What if it exists in a field where the substance of thought is beyond the scope of its own self-legislation? Or, to paraphrase Kant, What is it to orient oneself in capitalism?, which is to say in a reality where philosophy is beset and often outstripped by an ‘automatic subject’, to use Marx’s ominous phrase, which critique struggles to circumscribe and which non-critical affirmative thought strains to rival?


Blanchot writes in The Infinite Conversation (p.265) "an uncertain, indecisive fate that therefore remains always unaccomplished"

Adorno to Bloch (1962) "A good deal of what I wrote in my youth has the character of a dreamlike anticipation, and only after a certain moment of shock, which no doubt coincided with the outbreak of Hitler’s Reich, did I truly believe that I was right to do what I did. Like most socalled child prodigies, I am a very late developer, and I still feel today that whatever I truly exist for still lies before me"


I'm disgusted with the Ph.D application process, what a waste of time. bourdieu was right verbatim. I want to wake up to a morning of homo academicus hecatomb


en azından Celan & Bachmann mektuplaşmalarının türkçesi çıktı, turkuvaz kitap, adi "kalp zamanı" (herzzeit). Yok Etme'de hani güler ya Maria (Bachmann) tüm bir kitabı kateder sonra bu neşe, ve sonrasını bilmediğim bir yerde metin kayıplara karışır, Bernhard nereye kaçışır, nasıl hayatta kalır? belki bu yüzden Bachmann, Bernhard için Beckett'i aştı diyordu, hayatta "kal"manın bir yolunu buldu.

turkish translation of herzzeit (celan-bachmann correspondance) made its way to shelves now. remembrance tells me of the smile Maria gifted to Bernhard's Auflösung [extinction], at the same time visceral and vicarious, bringing madness a twist, appropriating it, running away turning back, those true fugitives full of laughter run away, we lose the trace- no longer "trace"s. after human. that's why Bachmann wrote Bernhard passed beyond Beckett concerning the determinations his ecriture deals with. He found a way to remain alive.


Jean-Luc Nancy - The Gravity of Thought [made in istanbul]

pebbles, mothers: imagination dead, imagine!

Heidegger - The End of Philosophy [made in istanbul]

Joan Stambaugh's translations of the works of Heidegger, accomplished with his guidance, have made key aspects of his thought and philosophy accessible to readers of English for many years. This collection, writes Stambaugh, contains Heidegger's attempt "to show the history of Being as metaphysics," combining three chapters from the philosopher's Nietzsche ("Metaphysics as a History of Being," "Sketches for a History of Being as Metaphysics," and "Recollection in Metaphysics") with a selection from Vortrauml;ge und Aufsauml;tze ("Overcoming Metaphysics").

Jean-Luc Nancy - The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus [made in istanbul]

(this early work must be read alongside The Subject of Philosophy by Lacoue-Labarthe. the question of WITZ is the cleavage)

Why is it that the modern conception of literature begins with one of the worst writers of the philosophical tradition? Such is the paradoxical question that lies at the heart of Jean-Luc Nancy’s highly original and now-classic study of the role of language in the critical philosophy of Kant. While Kant did not turn his attention very often to the philosophy of language, Nancy demonstrates to what extent he was anything but oblivious to it. He shows, in fact, that the question of philosophical style, of how to write critical philosophy, goes to the core of Kant’s attempt to articulate the limits, once and for all, that would establish human reason in its autonomy and freedom. He also shows how this properly philosophical program, the very pinnacle of the Enlightenment, leads Kant to posit literature as its other by way of what is here called the syncope, and how this other of philosophy, entirely its product, cannot be said to exist outside of metaphysics in its accomplishment. This subtle, unprecedented reading of Kant demonstrates the continued importance of reflection on the relation between philosophy and literature, indeed, why any commitment to Enlightenment must consider and confront this partition anew.

Houlgate (ed) - The Hegel Reader [made in istanbul]

Blumenberg - The Legitimacy of the Modern Age [made in istanbul]

we will see in this new century the forces his work released, they are written for a coming age where no witness of The Century will remain.

In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Lowith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside. Instead, Blumenberg argues, the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internal logic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man's responsibility for his own fate.

Hans Blumenberg is professor of philosophy at the University of Munster. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

Martin Jay - The dialectical imagination: a history of the Frankfurt School... [made in istanbul]

Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Franz Neumann, Theodor Adorno, Leo Lowenthal--the impact of the Frankfurt School on the sociological, political, and cultural thought of the twentieth century has been profound. The Dialectical Imagination is a major history of this monumental cultural and intellectual enterprise during its early years in Germany and in the United States. Martin Jay has provided a substantial new preface for this edition, in which he reflects on the continuing relevance of the work of the Frankfurt School. Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Franz Neumann, Theodor Adorno, Leo Lowenthal--the impact of the Frankfurt School on the sociological, political, and cultural thought of the twentieth century has been profound. The Dialectical Imagination is a major history of this monumental cultural and intellectual enterprise during its early years in Germany and in the United States. Martin Jay has provided a substantial new preface for this edition, in which he reflects on the continuing relevance of the work of the Frankfurt School.

Umbr(a) - The Dark God


above all has the piece by Lacoue-Labarthe "Pasolini, an improvisation (of a Saintliness)"

p.s. christian jambet is probably the worst word-splitter of France
"audacious enough to turn a deaf ear to that heavenly voice in order to uphold a theory that does not require them to rack their brains" Kant, Critique of Practical Reason, p.51 [ak 35] of Pluhar translation

Sara Ahmed - The Cultural Politics of Emotion [made in istanbul]

if you wonder what is postphenomenology this is the introduction.

In The Cultural Politics of the Emotions, Sara Ahmed develops a new methodology for reading "the emotionality of texts." She offers analyses of the role of emotions in debates on international terrorism, asylum and migration, and reconciliation and reparation, and reflects on the role of emotions in feminist and queer politics. Of interest to readers in gender studies and cultural studies, the psychology and sociology of emotions, and phenomenology and psychoanalysis, The Cultural Politics of the Emotions offers new ways of thinking about our inner and our outer lives.

Bourdieu - The Craft of Sociology [made in istanbul]

manifesto for a revolutionary scientific praxis

The work of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has emerged, over the last two decades, as one of the most substantial and innovative bodies of theory and research in contemporary social science. The Craft of Sociology, both a textbook and an original contribution to epistemology in social science, focuses on a basic problem of sociological research: the necessity of an epistemological break with the preconstructed objects social practice offers to the researcher. Pierre Bourdieu and his co-authors argue in the epistemological tradition of scholars like Bachelard, Canguilhem, Koyre, a tradition that identifies the construction of the object as being the fundamental scientific act. Their way of discussing the issue makes it accessible not only to academics and experts of epistemology, but also to advanced students of social science, using for illustration a wide range of texts from the various social sciences as well as from philosophy of science. The book includes an interview with Pierre Bourdieu and an introduction by the editor to his sociological methodology.

Jean-Luc Nancy - The Birth to Presence [made in istanbul]

spacing as such
thing things, world worlds, human humans

The Agamben Effect (special issue of SAQ) [made in istanbul]

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben-whose work has influenced intellectuals in political theory, political philosophy, legal theory, literature, and art-stands among the foremost thinkers of the modern era. Engaging with a range of thinkers from Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger to Jacques Ranciegrave;re and Alain Badiou, Agamben considers some of the most pressing issues in recent history and politics. His work explores the relationship between the sovereign state and the politically marginalized Homo sacer-exiles, refugees, prisoners of war, and others whom the state actively excludes from political participation and full humanity. Further, his critique of the increasing deployment of a "state of exception"-the declaration of a state of emergency that legitimizes the sovereign state's suspension of law for the public good-as a dominant paradigm for governing has particular power in today's global political climate. Infused with the spirit of Agamben's critical self-reflection, this special issue of SAQ examines his seminal works Homo Sacer (1995), The Open (2002), and State of Exception (2003). Some contributors use Agamben's work to examine the history of abortion law in the West, the history of slavery, and women's rights. Others analyze the connections between Agamben's work and that of his contemporaries, including Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Other essays identify new points of interdisciplinary communication between some of Agamben's most provocative ideas and popular twentieth-century writing.

Marc Froment-Meurice - That is to say: Heidegger's poetics [made in istanbul]

This is the first authoritative, book-length study of what Heidegger called "thinking poetics." That Is to Say conducts its analysis of Heideggerian poetics by expounding the sense of language from the perspective of fundamental ontology. This project is carried out in readings of the pertinent chapters of Being and Time, the lectures on Hölderlin, “The Origin of the Work of Art,” and On the Way to Language. The book is guided by a question that no other writer on Heidegger has yet asked: Why should poiesis provide a privileged access to the specificity of the poetic?

With this question guiding his quite unorthodox analyses of Heidegger's texts on poetics and the work of art, the author sheds new light on every aspect of Heidegger's philosophy. The analyses devoted to Heidegger's idea of a proximity between thinking and poetry, his conception of Hölderlin as the poet, of poetic experience, and of the privilege he accords the name reveal a series of presuppositions and necessary assumptions in Heidegger's conception of poetry that not only remain unthought by Heidegger himself, but that, strictly speaking, cannot be thought in terms of what Heidegger understood by thinking.

That Is to Say points to the limits of poetics with regard to the work of art, and in particular the literary work. In doing so, it gestures toward new ways of doing justice to the literary and to art in general.

read it alongside Lacoue-Labarthe

'68 reads meurice reads heidegger

Dastur - Telling Time [made in istanbul]

Telling Time takes up Heidegger's idea of a 'phenomenological chronology'. It poses the question of the possibility of a phenomenological language that would be given over to the 'temporality of being' and the finitude of existence.
The book combines a discussion of approaches to language in the philosophical tradition with readings of Husserl on temporality and the early and late texts of Heidegger's on logic, truth and the nature of language. As with Heidegger's "deconstruction" of logic and metaphysics, Dastur's work is also informed by Derrida's deconstruction of the metaphysics of presence and Nietzschean genealogy.

Hyppolite - Studies on Marx and Hegel [made in istanbul]

hyppolite reloaded!

from eon on this book is non-extant, disenclosure unworks, categorical imperative renders word common.

This collection of essays is a welcome addition to the literature on the early Marx and the relationship to Hegel. They were first published in book form in French in 1955. Half the essays are on Hegel and half are on Marx, and it is the second series that will be of greatest interest to sociologists. Of these, two are of major importance: one is a commentary on Marx's 1843 Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, a document that importance of which for Marx's development is only just being discovered. The second claims that Capital is unintelligible apart form the philosophical presuppositions that underly it, presuppositions to be found in Marx's early writings and even further back in Hegel. This is particularly interesting at a time when the publication in English of substantial excerpts of the Grundrisse, interest is reviving in Marx's later writings. The most interesting of the essays on Hegel deals with Lukacs' book on The Young Hegel and spells out in detail the notions of alienation and objectification, notions that were identical for Hegel but not for Marx. Two criticisms must be made: firstly, it is very difficult to tell when and where any of the essays were published for the first time; secondly, the introduction to this sort of a book should either deal with the background to Hyppolite's essays, so that the reader can approach them with the knowledge of context, or a critical assessment of them - or even both. Here, however, the 'Introduction' is a little - and wholly admirable - essay comparing the views of Hegel and Marx on history with no reference to what is supposed to be introducing.

stoekl has a nice article 'Round Dusk: Kojève at "The End" have a look,

Kristeva - Proust and the sense of time [made in istanbul]

Kristeva presents a thoroughly original and compelling reading of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past, " just delivered at the 1992 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures at Canterbury. Kristeva's first essay, "Proust and Time Embodied," takes a broadly psychoanalytical, linguistically sensitive approach to Proust's exploration of time and the operation of memory. Next in "In Search of Madeline," she delves into Proust's concept of the little cake that flooded him with the taste of childhood regained, providing an explanation for Proust's search for the deeper levels of childhood grounded in her psychoanalytic experience. Throughout "Proust and the Sense of Time, " Kristeva draws on Proust's notebooks and manuscripts, pointing out significant variations in the different versions of his work. She examines his early philosophical training and the philosophical trends in Paris at the turn of the century, seeking to explain how he his concept of the primacy of memory and sensation.

Leibniz - Philosophical papers and letters [made in istanbul]

Paperback: 752 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (December 31, 1975)

Erwin & Dora Panofsky - Pandora's Box: The Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol [made in istanbul]

This is one of my favourites.

Pandora was the "pagan Eve," and she is one of the rare mythological figures to have retained vitality up to our day. Glorified by Calderon, Voltaire, and Goethe, she is familiar to all of us, and "Pandora's box" is a household word. In this classic study Dora and Erwin Panofsky trace the history of Pandora and of Pandora's box in European literature and art from Roman times to the present.

Nietzsche's aesthetic turn: reading Nietzsche after Heidegger, Deleuze, and Derrida [made in istanbul]

by James J. Winchester

Negativity and politics: Dionysus and dialectics from Kant to poststructuralism [made in istanbul]

by Diana H. Coole

Although frequently invoked by philosophers and political theorists, the theory of negativity has received remarkably little sustained attention.Negativity and Politicsis the first full-length study of this crucial topic within philosophy and political theory. Diana Coole explores the meaning of negativity in modern and postmodern thinking, and examines its significance for politics and our understanding of what constitutes the political. Beginning with an insightful reading of Kant'sCritique of Pure Reasonand a consideration of the work of Hegel, Coole goes on to discuss the importance of negativity in the thought of a number of key theorists including Nietzsche, Adorno, Kristeva, Freud, Foucault, Habermas, Deleuze, Derrida and Butler. Throughout, Coole clearly and skillfully shows how the problem of negativity lies at the heart of philosophical and political debate.

see google books

Dallmayr - Hegel: Modernity and Politics [made in istanbul]

Who is the leading philosopher of modernity? With this innovative volume, Dallmayr offers his learned opinion by exploring Hegel's thought as it pertains to the meaning of modernity and postmodernity: the celebration of individual freedom and the importance of a network of social relationships, public justice, and civic virtue. This lucid examination illustrates how Hegel responds to the urgent contemporary issues for which we look to the past for assistance. Because Fred R. Dallmayr's text clearly explicates Hegel's work in the context of current theoretical and philosophical debates about modernity, Hegel is recognized as a great figure in the history of political thought. This important text combines rigorous scholarship with a style that is accessible to both intermediate and advanced undergraduates, and graduates and professionals in political theory and the humanities. "Taking a sensible, chronological approach to Hegel's writings, G.W.F. Hegel is a well-written and thoughtful exposition of Hegel's political philosophy that should be accessible to advanced undergraduates and graduate students." --Choice "Hegel for our times. . . . Fred R. Dallmayr shows dramatically how Hegel enriched even those traditions that were critical of him. A lucid, well-argued exposition of the richness of Hegel's political philosophy. Hegel emerges from this study as a most-sophisticated and almost prescient critical philosopher of modernity. Surprisingly relevant for the attempts to achieve a viable civil society in post-communist countries. Inspiring and fresh, the book brings out the historically immense impact of Hegel's thought in all its variety." --Shlomo Avineri, The Hebrew University, Israel "Fred Dallmayr has written a splendid book on Hegel, focusing primarily on Hegel's political philosophy. Dallmayr's treatment is lucid, informed, judicious, and lively. Hegel comes 'alive' because Dallmayr shows how Hegel is relevant to some of the deepest tensions and problems that we confront today in our political life. Dallmayr is especially insightful in showing how Hegel deals with the tensions between the demands for individual freedom and the need to nurture communal social and political bonds. He explores the ways in which Hegelian themes have been developed and attacked by Hegel's heirs and critics. Dallmayr presents a strong case for showing that Hegel is the philosopher of modernity and how he still 'speaks to us.'" --Richard Bernstein, New School for Social Research "Fred Dallmayr has written a profound and wide-ranging book on Hegel. It draws on a substantial range of sources and throws a great deal of light on difficult ideas. It will be indispensable to scholars and students alike." --Raymond Plant, University of Southampton

see google books

Amselle - Mestizo Logics [made in istanbul]

Amselle's investigation of kinship, identity and motherhood makes a tart touch; what if infinite regression is?

see google books

Hyppolite - Logic and Existence [made in istanbul]

Hyppolite, more than any other lector, taught how to make Hegel a contemporary, diligently worked out, these essays mark (and remark then earmark) the movement of negativity that blew up in/at/for/with 68

Kojeve - Introduction to the Reading of Hegel [made in istanbul]

"The (human) I is the I of a Desire or of Desire."

p.s. why there is still no complete translation of this wonder?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ablutions of Sarah Kofman

To remain with her absencing? Après moi, le déluge? When one reads Kofman, one's own 'when' becomes a question, her words are of extreme contemprary, neutre. Traversing, hugging, kissing history of philosophy Kofman asks (like Dastur) how to talk of world, how to say what Kant calls 'required elegance'? It is this voice, amiable and amorous, benights its reader, there you see Blanchot and our friends blind, only a touch, touch of pen to paper, that quivering of world. A certain spacing is here (like Walser's trees). Heidegger writes no one can leap over his own shadow, and it is our shadows concatenates us and those shadows are more and more becoming apparent. Kofman's shadow is now with Marx, Freud and Nietzsche, laughing ebulliently. If you have a chance to visit her, with a bouquet... Mettle, please.

"Ve yarın, bütün inanılmazlığına karşın, her şeyin gözle görülebileceği bir gündüzün başlayacak oluşu ne büyük mutluluktur" Kafka (hikayeler, sf. 19)

note on blog: I'm going to have GRE so I'm overcrowded with spectres of 18th century britain, time will come, I'll post Dastur, Kofman, Bourdieu -and who knows if this would not be a promise I would break again?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

if you are in Frankfurt...

"Wo so viel sich hoffen läßt,
Wird der Abschied ja ein Fest."
Goethe, "Trauerreglement" (GW2, Dtv '77 edition, p.399)

Hi there, it has been a long time since I made a post here. Reasons are unknown to me, I couldn't come nearby. Distraction followed my steps (and like a lacanian psychoanalyst replaced the cause of my discontent). Ergo, again I continue*.

I am in frankfurt (this is the 4th week) and will be so for the end of August (learning german). If you around here, I would be very happy to meet (in a way, be my tandem partner). I wonder where are the intelligentsia, anarchists, communists... if you ahve time just e-mail to "farkyarasi1 _at_ gmail [dot] com"

and I'm reading three critiques in a row here am main, companies are welcomed with Turkish tea in thermos.

I'll write later, in a longer piece, my reflections on the german book world and bookstores (especially about the ironic coupling of two figures as bestsellers: Sloterdijk & Habermas. Is there anyone who knows how many Du musst dein lebern andern [sloterdijk's latest book] has been sold? It is in every bookstore in the bestseller shelf)

by the way, as my bibliomania reached to a coma-level here, here is the books that I have bought (I paid 3.6 euros at average, wunderbach! / "[...]" refers to the number of volumes / I put * to my favourites)

*Athaenaeum: eine Zeitschrift von A.W. & F. Schlegel < Die bibliophilen Taschenbücher [2]
Schiller - Werke in drei Banden < Hanser [3]
Goethe - Gesammelte Werke < Dtv [18]
*Robert Walser - Gesammelte Werke < Suhrkamp [12]
R.M. Rilke - Gesammelte Werke < Insel [9]
Kant - Drei Kritike < Suhrkamp [4]
Karl Jaspers - Was ist die Philosophie? < Piper
Sloterdijk - Versprechen auf Deutsch < Suhrkamp
Sloterdijk - Du musst dein Lebern andern < Suhrkamp
Sloterdijk - Kritik der Zynischen Vernunft < Suhrkamp [2]
Sloterdijk - Der Zauberbaum < Suhrkamp
Sloterdijk - Im Weltinnenraum des Kapitals < Suhrkamp
Sloterdijk - Eurotaoismus < Suhrkamp
Blumenberg - Shiffbruch mit Zuschauer < Suhrkamp
Blumenberg - Der Verführbarkeit des Philosophen < Suhrkamp
Blumenberg - Wirklichkeiten in denen wir leben < Reclam
Marquard - Abschied vom Prinzipiellen < Reclam
*Adam Soboczynski - Versuch über Kleist < Matthes&Seitz
Schiller & A.W. Schlegel - Der Briefwechsel < Dumont
Jean-Luc Godard - The Future(s) of Film < Verlag Gachnag & Springer
Gadamer - Der Anfang des Wissens < Reclam
(ed.) Das Ende der grossen Entwürfe < Suhrkamp
(ed.) Seminar: Familie und Gesellschaftstruktur < Suhrkamp
(ed.) Seminar: Literatur- und Kunstsoziologie < Suhrkamp
Norbert Elias - Über den Prozess der Zivilisation < Suhrkamp [2]
Norbert Elias - Mozart < Suhrkamp
*Dieter Henrich - Nach dem Ende der teilung. Über Identitaten und Intellektualitat in Deutschland < Suhrkamp
Peter Handke - Wunschloss. Unglück < Suhrkamp
Peter Handke - Über die Dörfer < Suhrkamp
Hondrich - Enthüllung und Entrüstung: Eine Phanomenologie des politischen Skandals < Suhrkamp
Fichant & Pecheux - Überlegungen zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte < Suhrkamp
*Sandkühler - Praxis und Geschichtsbewusstsein < Suhrkamp
Heydorn - Zu einer neufassung des Bildungsbegriffs < Suhrkamp
*Rudolf zur Lippe - Bürgerliche Subjektivitat: Autonomie als Selbstzerstörung < Suhrkamp
Henri Lefévbre - Der Dialektische Materialismus < Suhrkamp
Kracauer - Das Ornament der Masse < Suhrkamp
*Micheal Müller - Die Verdrangung des ornaments. Zum Verhaltnis von Architektur und Lebespraxis < Suhrkamp
Karl Kraus - Theater der Dichtung < Suhrkamp
*Asja Lacis - Revolutionar im Beruf < Rogner & Bernhard
Husserl - Ideen zu einer reinen Phanomenologie < Meiner
Wolfgang Borchert - Das Gesamtwerk < Rowohlt
Herfried Wünkler - Imperien < Rowohlt
Cassirer - Idee und Gestalt < Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt
Freud - Bildende Kunst und literatatur < Fischer

" 'Vernunft' ist im Kern - und nicht nur peripher - die Unterwerfung unter die maxime der Selbsterhaltung" Blumenberg in 'die verführbarkeit...'

eadem mutata resurgo

Jean-Luc Nancy made a comment on a post published here (not joking)

Jean-Luc Nancy (yes he, himself) made a comment here

" the photo of mine with the article is from the photographer'


please have her name shown near the photo - thank you

jean-luc nancy"

This made me return to blogging. Thanks.
I don't know how I silenced my sneeze since I saw it for the first time.

Of the Sublime: Presence in Question [made in istanbul]

Librett's labor yielded such a masterpiece that its invisibility is not without reason. In this wonderfully worked out volume, he translated Cerisy essays by

Jean-luc Nancy
Philippe Lacoue-labarthe
Jean-François Courtine (very rare in english)
Michel Deguy
(the goddess) Elaine Escobar
Louis Marin

burn down the letters, let pages get blind, for sublime is a terror and syncope, there remains for you, the task: laugh.


Rosenzweig - Understanding the Sick and the Healthy

Understanding the Sick and the Healthy: A View of World, Man, and God

Rosenzweig's Understanding the Sick and the Healthy is a rare gem of a book. The importance of Rosenzweig's work-like that of Walter Benjaminis only now beginning to emerge. Like Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig explicitly undertakes to provide a therapy that will liberate the reader from philosophical questions as they arise. Three features of Rosenzweig's little book now seem ahead of their time: first, his desire not to eliminate the wonder with which philosophical questioning begins; second, his insistence on reconceiving and thus preserving the traditional subject-matter of metaphysics; and third, his seminal thought that wonder within that nexus could be expressed within a life lived according to the liturgical calendar of Judaism, with its alternation between profane and sacred time?
--Paul Franks, Indiana University, Bloomington

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Franz Rosenzweig, one of the century's great Jewish thinkers, wrote his gem of a book in 1921 as a more accessible prcis of his famous Star of Redemption. An elegant introduction to Rosenzweig's "new thinking," Understanding the Sick and the Healthy was written for a lay audience and takes the form of an ironic narrative about convalescence. With superb simplicity and beauty, it puts forth an important critique of the nineteenth-century German Idealist philosophical tradition and expresses a powerful vision of Jewish religion. Harvard's Hilary Putnam provides a new introduction to this classic work for a contemporary audience.

(putnam wrote an introduction to this,sorrily it's a total self-celebration)


Koch - Siegfried Kracauer: An Introduction


Jean-Pierre Vernant - Myth and Thought among the Greeks [made in istanbul]


Jean-Pierre Vernant - Myth and Society in Ancient Greece [made in istanbul]


Charles Taylor - Hegel [made in istanbul]


Calvin O. Schragg - God as Otherwise than Being

"Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod!" from (my dear) Joseph Roth's 'Die Legende vom heiligen Trinker'


Szondi - Introduction to Literaray Hermeneutics [made in istanbul]

better than sex.

read Peter Szondi.


Haar - Heidegger and the Essence of Man [made in istanbul]

This is poetry, erdichten bitte Herr Haar.


Avineri - Hegels Theory of Modern State [made in istanbul]

I think this is still one of the best book written on state(s) of Hegel (qua Marx)

Adorno - Three Studies on Hegel [made in istanbul]



Hyppolite - Genesis and Structure of Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit [made in istanbul]


Kracauer - Form Caligari to Hitler [made in istanbul]

enjoy this masterpiece


Rabinow - Essays on the Anthropology of Reason [made in istanbul]


Jean-Luc Nancy - Dis-Enclosure: Deconstruction of Christianity [made in istanbul]

This book is a profound and eagerly anticipated investigation into what is left of a monotheistic religious spirit—notably, a minimalist faith that is neither confessional nor credulous. Articulating this faith as works and as an objectless hope, Nancy deconstructs Christianity in search of the historical and reflective conditions that provided its initial energy. Working through Blanchot and Nietzsche, re-reading Heidegger and Derrida, Nancy turns to the Epistle of Saint James rather than those of Saint Paul, discerning in it the primitive essence of Christianity as hope. The “religion that provided the exit from religion,” as he terms Christianity, consists in the announcement of an end. It is the announcement that counts, however, rather than any finality. In this announcement there is a proximity to others and to what was once called parousia. But parousia is no longer presence; it is no longer the return of the Messiah. Rather, it is what is near us and does not cease to open and to close, a presence deferred yet imminent.In a demystified age where we are left with a vision of a self-enclosed world—in which humans are no longer mortals facing an immortal being, but entities whose lives are accompanied by the time of their own decline—parousia stands as a question. Can we venture the risk of a decentered perspective, such that the meaning of the world can be found both inside and outside, within and without our so-immanent world?The deconstruction of Christianity that Nancy proposes is neither a game nor a strategy. It is an invitation to imagine a strange faith that enacts the inadequation of life to itself. Our lives overflow the self-contained boundaries of their biological and sociological interpretations. Out of this excess, wells up a fragile, overlooked meaning that is beyond both confessionalism and humanism.


read at least "blanchots god"

Marder - Dead Time: Temporal Disorders in the Wake of Modernity (Baudelaire and Flaubert) [made in istanbul]

Marder - Dead Time: Temporal Disorders in the Wake of Modernity (Baudelaire and Flaubert)


new link

“This book is stunning in its ability to range widely and effectively over some of the most important, contested, and misunderstood regions of contemporary literary and cultural theory. A major and most welcome contribution to the study of two great canonical French authors, it is also a subtle but cogent intervention in the ongoing attempt to define and theorize a relation between the catchall concepts ‘modernism’ and ‘postmodernism.’”—Kevin Newmark, Boston College

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This book explores how modernity gives rise to temporal disorders when time cannot be assimilated and integrated into the realm of lived experience. It turns to Baudelaire and Flaubert in order to derive insights into the many temporal disorders (such as trauma, addiction, and fetishism) that pervade contemporary culture.

Kant - Critique of Practical Reason [made in istanbul]


Deleuze - Cinema 1&2 [made in istanbul] - new scan, page by page




links renewed

Cacciari - Architecture and Nihilism [made in istanbul]

Massimo Cacciari at its best


for a wonderful introduction to the Cacciari & Tafuri on architecture

Sassen - A sociology of globalization [made in istanbul]

Heidegger - GA 4 - erläuterungen zu hölderlins dichtung, erläuterungen zu hölderlins dichtung.pdf

Heidegger - GA 14 - zur sache des denkens, zur sache des denkens.pdf

Heidegger - GA 11, identität und differenz, identität und differenz.pdf

Heidegger - GA 10 Der Satz vom Grund Der Satz vom Grund.pdf

Heidegger - GA 6 - Nietzsche, band 2 6 - Nietzsche, band 2.pdf

Heidegger - GA 54 - Parmenides 54 - Parmenides.pdf

Heidegger - GA 5 - HOLZWEGE 5 - HOLZWEGE.pdf

Heidegger - GA 3 - Kant und das Problem der Metaphysik 3 - Kant und das Problem der Metaphysik.djvu

djvu file




Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dear Followers / Pek Kıymetli İnsanat Alemi

Mediafire deleted most of the books I uploaded & some former ones (under surveillance!!!). I have to reupload them, so and so. give me another two weeks.

as a gift for your patience, I'll upload the whole communism symposium (even Q&A sections)records I made.


"mutlu azınlığın şimdilik masum canavarları";
kitapları yüklediğim ortamlarda sen şöförsün dediler, köprüleri attık. aylardır yükleyeceğim diyip bir türlü yüklemediğim kitapları, 3hafta önce yüklemiştim, şu anda yoklar, sorun değil tekrar yüklerim (çok leş bir muhabbete evrilmeden bitiriyorum) biraz bekleyin, komunizm konferansının ses kayıtlarını da koyacağım. yaşatıcam seni güllüşah, yenicem seni istanbul.

indirmek için

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Badiou on BBC

(I've uploaded 60 books but sorrily don't have a minute to post)

first seen in the prologus

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Communism at Birkbeck

I'll be there On the Idea of Communism

I will make a bombardment when I'm back

see you

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fark Yaraları Roll'da

Roll dergisi ali tekintüre abimizi konuk ettiği son sayısında, bloga da "ansiklopedi" kısmında yer vermiş sağolsun. ilgili bölümü taradım (derginin tamamını da taramak aklımdan geçmedi değil). bakınız

metindeki hurafelere dair:

- karadeniz bölgesiyle alakam yok, hiç sevmem, yeşilin düşmanıyım

- felsefe değil, sosyoloji okuyorum, + yandal olarak felsefe

- heidegger'den sonra "felsefe", bourdieu'den sonra "sosyoloji" diye iki ayrı alan kalmadı: ontikle ontolojiğin sarmalında (merleau-ponty'nin ipine sarılarak) "tecrübe"nin dünyanın dünyasallığına açılma anındaki ahvali (kaygıdan sınıfa tek 'beden'de [corpus]) düşünülür oldu (bkz. Derrida, Deleuze, Nancy, Malabou).

sevgiler, saygılar.

[edit: tamamen barış çubuğum ağzımda yazdım, ayar vermek gibi 1niyetim yok, yanlış anlaşılmasın (daha kimse birşey demedi lakin pınar, 'biraz sert' dedi, odun kesmek dedi, dedim Roithaimer kitsch çağının zirvesinde yaşıyoruz)]

edit2: yahu ben neden bu post'u attığımı yazmamışım, diyeceğim oydu ki teşekkür ederim, bu blog'u imkanlı kılan, destekleyen, köstekleyen, fitilleyen herkese müteşekkirim. birçok blog, kişi ve hoca blog'un tanıtılmasında gönüllü oldular, eyvallah.

bir de eğer niyeti bozmuş insanlar varsa orada bir yerlerde, iletişime geçsinler, türkiye'de dergilerde çevrilip kalmış önemli makaleleri tarayalım.

tekrardan selamlar.

(ilk pınar gördü, helal olsun.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Have We Arrived? (Beckett there somewhere)

At that time when the dawn star passes across earth, harbinger
of light, and after him dawn of the saffron mantle is scattered
across the sea, the fire died down and the flames were over.
The winds took their way back toward home again, crossing
the Thracian water, and it boiled with a moaning swell as they crossed it.

- Iliad, book 23, 226-30 (trans. lattimore)

After him, remembrance of a saintliness, which "derives from a theorem, that is, from pain. Such is the act"(1), blooms "and of a sudden he is off again, on his wanderings, passing from light to shadow, from shadow to light, unheedingly"(2). They crossing the channel heard "I was not made for the great light that devours, a dim lamp was all I had been given, and patinece without end, to shine it on the empty shadows. I was a solid in the midst of other solids"(3). One of them wrote a letter:

"Would like to address myself, in a straight line, directly, without courrier only to you, but I can't manage to arrive, and that is the worst of it. A tragedy, my love, of destination" (4).

In this transhumance "without habitat" (5), "you are lost in the forests of high threshing ferns or whirled far out on the face of wind-swept wastes, till you being to wonder if you have not died without knowing and gone to hell or been born again into an even worse place than before"(6). He tried to respond this friend: "of that life too I shall tell you perhaps one day, the day I know that when I thought I knew I was merely existing and that passion without form or stations will have devoured me down to the rotting flesh itself itself and that when I know that I know nothing, am only more or less openly (7)... I listen and the voice is of a world collapsing endlessly, a frozen world, under a faint untroubled sky, enough to see by, yes, and frozen too (8)".

No one knows. Someone survived, effaced the traces (derrida), remembering them said in the end "In finitude, therefore, a thought does not complete the meaning (of what) it thinks, and thus lets this 'object'-the thingitself- have the weight that carries away from completed, presentified, or signified meaning... that which constitutes meaning by exceeding all meaning. The existence of the slightest pebble already overflows; however light overflows; however light it may be, it already weighs this excessive weight... We need an art -if it is an 'art'- of thickness, of gravity. We need figures that weigh upon the bottom rather than extracting themselves from it. That stave it in and expose it. We need a thought what would be like a mass out of true, the fall and the creation of the world"(9).

(1) Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe (2005 [1995]) "Pasolini, an improvisation (OF A SAINTLINESS)" in Umbr(a): The Dark God, p.92
(2) Beckett, Malone Dies, grove, p. 206
(3) Molloy. p. 107-8
(4) Derrida & Malabou, Counterpath, sup, p.193
(5) ibid. p.166
(6) malone dies p.226-7
(7) molloy p.25
(8) ibid. 40
(9) Jean-Luc Nancy, The gravity of a Thought, p. 84.

painting by Cy Twombly "The Fire that Consumes All before It"

I know I promised for Brennan and Bourdieu, yet noticing that 1953, Jan 19th is the premier of Waiting for Godot at Théâtre de Babylon, I decided to make up a Beckett issue.

see you next month.
unutmadan güle güle simit.

To link all Beckett at one time:

Understanding Samuel Beckett

Understanding Samuel Beckett
(Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature)
by Alan Astro

# Hardcover: 240 pages
# Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Pr (September 1990)

Presents an overview of the work of Samuel Beckett. Discussing his famous as well as lesser known texts, the book shows how his characters incorporate silence in their speech to narrate their deaths. Finally it examines "Stirring Still", his last text, which evokes his own imminent death.


Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett

Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett
by Ronan McDonald

In Tragedy and Irish Writing McDonald considers the culture of suffering, loss, and guilt in the work of Synge, O'Casey, and Beckett. He applies external ideas of tragedy to the three dramatists and also discerns particular sorts of tragedy within their own work. While alert to the real differences among the three, the book also traces common themes and preoccupations. It identifies a conflict between form and content, between heightened language and debased reality, as the hallmark of Irish tragedy.


The Ethics of Modernism: Moral Ideas in Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf and Beckett

The Ethics of Modernism: Moral Ideas in Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf and Beckett
by Lee Oser

# Hardcover: 196 pages
# Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 29, 2007)

"Oser's book would be of most interest to philosophers, religious studies and literary scholars exploring the intersection of art and ethics, religion and culture."
-Alyda Faber, Atlantic School of Theology, Studies in Religion

link (I can't understand these backcover stupidities)

The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett

The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett
(Cambridge Introductions to Literature)
by Ronan McDonald

150 pages

'... it is an excellent book: it does exactly what it says on the tin. ... The greatest strength of the book is in McDonald's ability to articulate a shapely overview while maintaining a sharp sense of the distinctions ...' Irish Studies Review

what there

Theatre on Trial: Samuel Beckett's Later Drama

Theatre on Trial: Samuel Beckett's Later Drama
by Anna McMullan

# Library Binding: 176 pages
# Publisher: Routledge (July 1993)

Theatre on Trial is the first full-length analysis of Samuel Beckett's later drama in the context of contemporary theatre. Audrey McMullan employs a close, textual examination of the later plays as a springboard for exploring ideas around authority, voyeurism, gender, and the ideology of stage and TV space. Recent work in the field of critical theory has suggested new ways of looking at performance practice. And, argues McMullan, what makes an understanding of Beckett crucial to these debates is that his theatrical practice foreground processes which are central to much current thinking in the area. Beckett's Stages will be of vital interest to students and teachers of performance studies. The author's application of theories of deconstruction and psychoanalytic feminism to Beckett's work will break new ground in theatre studies.


Samuel Beckett's New Worlds: Style in Metafiction

Samuel Beckett's New Worlds: Style in Metafiction
by Susan D. Brienza

# Hardcover: 290 pages
# Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (March 1987)

Beckett's fiction since The Unnamable (1958) abandons complete sentences for repeated phrases and a "midget grammar." Brienza has undertaken the first stylistic analysis of Beckett's condensed prose, 12 pieces altogether in which "style and content reflect each other endlessly as in a fun house mirror." Since Beckett rarely uses the same stratagem twice, each work is treated separately, and the French original is often compared with the author's English version for clues to his meaning. Brienza is asking readers to do no less than create a vocabulary and syntax before they can begin to read Beckett's new fiction. This intellectual deciphering may or may not be emotionally satisfying, but it does yield a highly readable study of Beckett's impenetrable prose. Recommended for academic libraries. Lisa Mullenneaux


Samuel Beckett and the Prosthetic Body: The Organs and Senses in Modernism

Samuel Beckett and the Prosthetic Body: The Organs and Senses in Modernism
by Yoshiki Tajiri

Samuel Beckett and the Prosthetic Body is a study of the representation of the body in Samuel Beckett's work (both novels and plays), specifically focused on the 'prosthetic' aspect of the organs and senses. While making use of the theoretical potential of the concept of 'prosthesis', this book aims to resituate Beckett in the broad cultural context of modernism in which the impact of new media and technologies was variously registered.


Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love
by John Keller

# Hardcover: 272 pages
# Publisher: Manchester University Press (March 7, 2003)

"John Keller has written a book that threw more light onto the Beckettian murk...for this reader...than has been available before. The readings...are highly convincing and in places quite stunning. Beckett Studies...will never be quite the same again." -- Lance Butler, Universite de Pau

"Keller utterly convinces the reader of his basic, fundamental premise that Beckett’s work is ‘primarily about love’. This is an astounding conclusion which will change the nature of Beckett Studies. [This book] is a significant intervention and a work of true originality." -- Shane Murphy, Co-ordinator, Irish and Scottish Studies Programme, University of Aberdeen


Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image

Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image
by Anthony Uhlmann

# Hardcover: 198 pages
# Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2007)

Beckett often made use of images from the visual arts and readapted them, staging them in his plays, or using them in his fiction. Anthony Uhlmann sets out to explain how an image differs from other terms, like 'metaphor' or 'representation', and, in the process, to analyse Beckett's use of images borrowed from philosophy and aesthetics. This is the first study to carefully examine Beckett's thoughts on the image in his literary works and his extensive notes to the philosopher Arnold Geulincx. Uhlmann considers how images might allow one kind of interaction between philosophy and literature, and how Beckett makes use of images which are borrowed from, or drawn into dialogue with, philosophical images from Geulincx, Berkeley, Bergson, and the ancient Stoics. Uhlmann's reading of Beckett's aesthetic and philosophical interests provides a revolutionary new reading of the importance of the image in his work.


Proust, Beckett, and Narration

Proust, Beckett, and Narration
by James H. Reid

# Hardcover: 206 pages
# Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 13, 2003)

"Proust, Beckett and Narration is a welcome addition to the literature on novelistic self-consciousness." - Derek Schilling, Rutgers University


Palgrave Advances in Samuel Beckett Studies

Palgrave Advances in Samuel Beckett Studies
by Lois Oppenheim (Editor)

# Paperback: 288 pages
# Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (September 4, 2004)

Palgrave Advances in Samuel Beckett Studies explores the evolution of critical approaches to Beckett's writing. It will appeal to graduate students and advanced undergraduates as well as scholars, as it offers both an overview of Beckett studies and investigates current debates within the interdisciplinary critical arena. Each of the contributors is an eminent Beckett specialist who has published widely in the field.


Images of Beckett

Images of Beckett
by James Knowlson (Author), John Haynes (Photographer)

'... these theatre photos are among the most resonant of the past century ... Haynes doesn't so much snap a production as x-ray its heart ... Biographer Knowlson examines Beckett's character ... visual influences and directorial working method in three beautiful essays that go well beyond the merely dutiful in this tremendous picture book.' Plays International 'A stunning collection ...' London Review of Books

"This is a worthy volume, fascinating, not heavy-handed, and the pictures from Beckett's various plays, not to say his astonishing face, are a trip."
L.W. Milam, The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

"For those interested in Beckett's complex dialogue with art, Images of Beckett is richly rewarding."
American Theatre

"It offers a fresh look at a writer about whom much has already been written."
Irish America

"...a major contribution to the way we see modernism... the photos show us not only what Beckett's plays looked like in their original production, but also what Beckett had wanted them to look like. They are the closest we can get to seeing the plays realized in the way he had envisaged them today."
James Joyce Literary Supplement

destory, destroy

How It Was - A memoir of Samuel Beckett

How It Was: A Memoir of Samuel Beckett
by Anne Atik

faber and faber edition

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birth. To most, he was a brilliant artist who shied away from celebrity and photographers, but to the distinguished painter Avigdor Arikha and his wife, author Anne Atik, Beckett was the close friend with whom they shared countless drinks, meals, and rich conversations. As intimates and artists, they interacted with him several times a week for over four decades. In 1970, Atik began jotting down notes on her relationship with Beckett. "After fifteen years of memorable conversations with Beckett," she writes, "I realized that I could not depend on my memory. The unforgettable was becoming the irretrievable." The three could just as easily discuss their personal lives as ponder the state of art. This book documents not only Beckett’s passions, but is filled with drawings by Arikha, snapshots, and letters. There are also drafts in Beckett’s own handwriting that would eventually become part of his formidable canon, covering the breadth of his knowledge of literature by detailing his opinions and influences. An intimate collage, How It Was offers a unique insider’s portrait and gives the reader a chance to sit down with one of the great literary masters of the twentieth century.


Beckett's Eighteenth Century

Beckett's Eighteenth Century
by Frederik N. Smith

# Hardcover: 231 pages
# Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 20, 2002)

Beckett's Eighteenth Century is the first book-length study of Samuel Beckett's affinity with the British eighteenth century and of the influence of its writers on his work. Reading Swift, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Gray, and other writers of this period, this study demonstrates how he was not only influenced by them, but interprets them for us in quite a modern way.


Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity

Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity
by Shane Weller

# Hardcover: 232 pages
# Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (July 21, 2006)

If there is one trait common to almost all post-Holocaust theories of literature, it is arguably the notion that the literary event constitutes the affirmation of an alterity that resists all dialectical mastery and makes possible a post-metaphysical ethics. Beckett's oeuvre in particular has repeatedly been deployed as exemplary of just such an affirmation. In Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity, however, Weller argues through an analysis of the interrelated topics of translation, comedy, and gender that to read Beckett in this way is to miss the strangely 'anethical' nature of his work.

take five!

Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency

Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency
by Andrew Gibson

# Hardcover: 336 pages
# Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (March 8, 2007)

The book is impeccably researched...Badiou's reading of the author has hitherto been less influential in the Anglo-Saxon (empirical) context than it has in le monde francophone. Gibson's book constitutes the first sustained study of the subject. In its depth of analysis, it will be difficult to surpass. Ulrika Maude, Modernism/Modernity Gibson's book, with its intricate layers of theoretical complexity and its vast ambition, is certainly a formidable feat of scholarship. The book is a testimony to its author's intense participation in in a set of intellectual debates and exchanges which are - or at least should be - of the greatest significance in literary studies. English Gibson is masterful in his grasp of Badiou's system (even its more knotty mathematical formulae, and he effortlessly weaves his argument from Badiou's theorems to Beckett's literary texts...By suggesting that Beckett's work describes a waiting for something (the event) as well as an aimless, anxious, endlessly postponed process (of intermittency), Gibson provides an absorbing account of the hesitant expectancy of Beckett's writing. Benjamin Keatinge, Irish University Review scrupulous, immensely well-read Leslie Hill, French Studies Beckett and Badiou is all the better for its inherent difficulties, and even uncertainties, for its ultimate twisting and turning on itself...a nuance and rigour that make it a richly satisfying and productive account of Beckett's oeuvre. Gibson probably takes us further than any other recent reader of Beckett, in the direction of grasping the full social and critical form of his art. David Cunningham, Radical Philosophy Gibson's book, with its intricate layers of theoretical complexity and its vast ambition, is certainly a formidable feat of scholarship [and is] also hugely enjoyable The Journal of the English Association


Samuel Becket the Critical Heritage

Samuel Beckett the Critical Heritage
(The Critical heritage series)
by Lawrence Graver (Editor), Raymond Federman (Editor)

# Hardcover: 372 pages
# Publisher: Routledge Kegan & Paul (June 1978)

The Critical Heritage series gathers together a large body of critical figures in literature. These carefully selected sources include: * contemporary reviews from both popular and literary media. In these students can read about how Lady Chatterly's Lover shocked contemporary reviewers or what Ibsen's Doll's House meant to the early women's movement * little-published documentary material such as diaries and correspondence - often between authors and their publishers and critics * significant pieces of criticism from later periods to demonstrate how an author's reputation changed over time


Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliche

Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliche
by Elizabeth Barry

The book covers Beckett's early fiction, mature fiction, theatre and his spare late prose works, situating Beckett in a philosophical tradition and literary tradition that has argued for the creative value of stupidity; a key concept in the thinking of philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Deleuze, and central to the practice of writers such as Wordsworth, Flaubert, Baudelaire and Joyce. The book investigates the relationship between verbal cliché, memory and authority in Beckett's prose and drama, arguing that by consciously manipulating the language of cliché, Beckett can interrogate the assumptions made in the discourses of social and intellectual authority without assuming a superior and complacent authority of his own.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Tarnac Affair: Symptomatic of a Psychotic Social Order

this piece appeared at
Telos Press Blog (Jan 11, '09)

Jean-Claude Paye, a sociologist, is the author of Global War on Liberty, available from Telos Press. This essay was translated from the French by Henry Crapo.

The Tarnac Affair:
Symptomatic of a Psychotic Social Order

by Jean-Claude Paye

On November 11, 2008, within the framework of Operation "TAIGA" [1], one hundred and fifty police encircled the small village of Tarnac, in Corrèze (southwest France). Simultaneously, evidence was seized in Rouen, Paris, Limoges, and Metz. An arrest of young people was made, above all as a spectacle to incite fear. Their arrest was said to be in connection with the sabotage of the train lines of the SNCF [2], which on November 8 caused delays for certain TGVs on the Paris-Lille line [3]. These malevolent acts, which knocked down several overhead wires, were characterized as terrorist in nature, despite the fact that they never, at any moment, put human lives in danger. The prosecution, which says it possesses several clues, recognizes that it has no material evidence or proof.

It is the character profile of the arrested youths that justifies their being held for questioning. They were arrested because "they used radical language and had relations with foreign groups," and because a number of them had "participated on a regular basis in political demonstrations"—for example, in "marches held in opposition to the Edvige [Exploitation documentaire et valorisation de l'information générale] file system [4] and against the reinforcement of measures against immigration." As for their residence, it was described as "a meeting place for indoctrination, a base camp for violent action."

Although accused of constituting a "hardcore cell that had armed struggle as its purpose," they were rapidly set free, some conditionally so, while others were confined to their residence. Only the "chief" and his companion would be held in jail. On December 26, the appeals court in Paris had, at the request of the prosecution, cancelled an order that Julien Coupat be released. The request for release of his companion had been previously refused.

The discourse of the government illustrates a kind of double displacement: first, simple acts of sabotage, such as those one might find in any social movement, are qualified as "terrorist," and these acts are attributed to the youths of Tarnac, despite the fact that the police admit to the absence of any material element of proof. The image of terrorism construed by the State creates a reality that is a substitute for the facts. The facts are not denied, but they are denied any explanatory capacity. The acts of sabotage cannot be other than the acts of persons designated as terrorists. The act of naming, prior to any procedure of objective evaluation, trumps the latter and seals it in an empty form.

The absence of material elements that would permit the pursuit of the incriminated persons is not denied, but the necessary prevalence of facts is overturned, in the interests of the primacy of the image constructed by the State. The position of the Minister of the Interior, Madame Alliot-Marie, is particularly interesting: "They have adopted underground methods. They never use mobile telephones, and they live in areas where it is very difficult for the police to gather information without being spotted. They have managed to have, in the village of Tarnac, friendly relations with people who can warn them of the presence of strangers." But, the minister admits, "there have been no indications of attacks against persons."

These declarations nicely sum up the affair. What makes these young people terrorists is their way of life, the fact that they attempt to escape the economic machine and that they do not adopt a "proactively" submissive attitude with respect to procedures of control. Not to have a cellphone is proof of terrorist intentions. Participating in a social network is also incriminating behavior, because this practice permits the construction of a protective shield against the deployment of unrestricted power by the State.

In its declarations, the reference to acts, in the absence of any convincing material elements of proof, cannot be rationally assimilated, and induces a phase of aberration, a reconstruction of reality with the image of terrorism as support. This process is equally visible in the police reports, which utilize, from a purely semantic point of view, an entirely phantasmagorical reconstruction of reality. Thus, the police, as if referring to material proof of the culpability of the accused, speak of "documents noting the times of passage of trains, village by village, with the times of arrival and departure from the stations." An SNCF timetable thus becomes a particularly troubling document, and its possession necessarily implies participation in the material destruction of railway equipment.

The staging of these arrests and the bringing of charges against the "autonomous youth of Tarnac" is a phenomenon that reveals a profound mutation of the symbolic order of the society. The State has the ability to create a new reality, a virtual reality that does not suppress, but rather supplants, the facts. The weakness of the social movement and the failure of the symbolic function explain the absence of constraints on the domination of the State, which exhibits itself as an all-inclusive entity in the guise of a maternal image. Where a social order reveals itself to be contradictory, a psychotic structure takes its place, an order that suppresses all conflict and all possibility of confrontation with reality.


1. TAIGA (traitement automatique de l'information géopolitique d'actualité) is French spyware, developed in 1987, which uses somewhat outmoded computer technology based on the semantic analysis of information intended for the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE). (The DGSE, which is subordinate to the Ministry of the Defense, is responsible for military intelligence as well as for strategic information, electronic intelligence. It is also responsible for the counterespionage outside the borders of the national territory.) TAIGA technology was used by the FBI to gather information on Julien Coupat's supposed subversive activities in the United States, whence the operations code name "EAL."

2. The French National Railway Company (SNCF) is a French public enterprise.

3. The TGV (train à grande vitesse) is the French high-speed train.

4. French revolt over Edvige-Sarkozy's Big Brother computer, which will spy on citizens.