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Figures of interpellation in Althusser and Fanon

by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Article

The text that Althusser published in 1970 under the title ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses’, where he puts forward the thesis of the individual’s interpellation as subject, is no doubt one of his most innovative, but it is also particularly disconcerting: its exposition, in exploiting a rhetoric that combines ellipses and brute force, winds up …


Subjectivity as medium of the media

Dossier: What is German Media Philosophy?
by / RP 169 (Sep/Oct 2011) / Article, Dossier, What is German Media Philosophy?

Contemporary, let us say ‘post-modern’, discourses on media, communication, information and so on are functioning in our society in at least two different – if interconnected – ways.* First, they describe scientifically the functioning of contemporary media and their growing role in our society. But the development of media theory during recent decades was, in …


Subject (Re-/decentred)

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (2)
by / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Article, Dossier, From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought

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Modern French thought, ‘structuralism’, ‘poststructuralism’, ‘postmodernism’, Marxism as well, are currently associated with the so-called ‘death of the subject’. Foucault’s ‘anti-humanism’, the celebrated ‘death of Man’, the declining popularity of the rational, Kantian, transcendantal subject, reigning over what Lyotard called ‘metanarratives’,1 are all parts of the process. Foucault’s rejection of the subject …


History (Problem with)

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (2)
by / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Article, Dossier, From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought

If the philosopher’s role is to forge concepts, the historian’s function is to provide proof of their pertinence. However, this presupposes that the historian uses the concept correctly, taking into consideration the conditions that formed it. A truly transdisciplinary approach makes this possible, thanks to its rigorous method, whereas an interdisciplinary approach is merely …


Structure: method or subversion of the social sciences?

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (1)
by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Article, Dossier, From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought

It seems there’s no longer any real doubt as to the answer to this question, and that it is doubly negative. ‘Structuralism’, or what was designated as such mainly in France in the 1960s and 1970s (setting aside the question of other uses), is no longer regarded as a truly fertile method in the domains …


Everybody thinks

Deleuze, Descartes and rationalism
by / RP 162 (Jul/Aug 2010) / Article

In his 1968 book Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze famously stresses the violent, unnatural and shocking character of thought, counterposing his own anti-representational philosophy of difference to what he depicts as a dogmatic, humanist ‘image of thought’. In his own words: ‘“Everybody” knows very well that in fact men think rarely, …


Who was Oscar Masotta?

Psychoanalysis in Argentina
by / RP 158 (Nov/Dec 2009) / Article

As Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s sardonic detective Pepe Carvalho ruefully observed, in a dictionary of Argentine clichés, psychoanalysis would have a crucial place, along with ‘tango and the disappeared’.1 ‘One’ knows that along with Paris, Buenos Aires is one of the centres of psychoanalytic practice, and one of the leading training centres …


Grounding Deleuze

by / RP 148 (Mar/Apr 2008) / Article


Mirrors without images

Mimesis and recognition in Lacan and Adorno
by / RP 139 (Sep/Oct 2006) / Article


Vocabulary of European Philosophies, Part 1 (Subject)

Subject
by , , and / RP 138 (Jul/Aug 2006) / Article

Étienne Balibar, Barbara Cassin, Alain de Libera

Introduction by Peter Osborne.


From Abstraction to Wunsch

The Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies
by / RP 138 (Jul/Aug 2006) / Article

DICTIONARY     Say of it: ʻItʼs only for ignoramuses!ʼ … ʻIʼd rather die than use one!ʼGustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Received Ideas

The Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies* deserves a warm welcome from everyone interested in philosophy and its history. While connoisseurs of philosophical lexicography will take particular delight in many of the workʼs artful technical features and its often audacious …


Transcendental cinema

Deleuze, time and modernity
by / RP 130 (Mar/Apr 2005) / Article


Oedipus as figure

by / RP 118 (Mar/Apr 2003) / Article


‘The history of truth’

Alain Badiou in French philosophy
by / RP 115 (Sep/Oct 2002) / Article


Bodies and power, revisited

by / RP 114 (Jul/Aug 2002) / Article


Feminism against ‘the feminine’

by / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Article

Whilst the distinction between French and Anglo-American feminism was always rather dubious (failing to be accurate, consistent or inclusive at the level of either national origin, language of choice or theoretical commitment; seeming to parcel feminist theory – or at least the feminist theory that mattered – out into two Western blocks from which the …


Kant’s ‘raw man’ and the miming of primitivism

Spivak’s Critique of Postcolonial Reason
by / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Article

In the first part of A Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak traces the necessity for and foreclosure of what she calls the ʻNative Informantʼ in inaugurating ʻthe name of Manʼ in those key texts of German philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Marx) which were to found the ethical, political subject of European Enlightenment. The Native …


Primordial Being

Enlightenment, Schopenhauer and the Indian subject of postcolonial theory
by / RP 100 (Mar/Apr 2000) / Article


Cantor, Lacan, Mao, Beckett, meme combat

The philosophy of Alain Badiou
by / RP 093 (Jan/Feb 1999) / Article


Writing as a man

Levinas and the phenomenology of Eros
by / RP 087 (Jan/Feb 1998) / Article