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Paul de Man essay collection

Essays: “Literary History and Literary Modernity” (1970) “Literature and Language: A Commentary” (1972) “Semiology and Rhetoric” (1973) “The Epistemology of Metaphor” (1978) “Autobiography as De-Facement” (1979) “Sign and Symbol in Hegel’s Aesthetics” (1982) “The Resistance to Theory” (1982) “‘Conclusions’ on Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Task of the Translator’” (1983) “Dialogue and Dialogism” (1983) “Time and History in Wordsworth” (1987) Interview: Stephano Rosso and Paul de Man: “An [...]
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Bataille, Breton and Lenin

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Added to Bedeutung Library / Academic – available to download for free

Click on the author’s name to be redirected to the Bedeutung Library / Academic site where the titles are available Theodor Adorno Minima Moralia Hanna Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism Etienne Balibar Politics and the Other Scence Jean Baudrillard Forget Foucault Sigmund Freud The Complete Works of Freud Simon Critchley Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance The Book of Dead Philosophers Ernesto Laclau Emancipation(s) Chantal Mouffe The Democratic Paradox Gramsci and [...]
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Ayn Rand: The perverse allure of a damaged woman

by Johann Hari from Slate Ayn Rand is one of America’s great mysteries. She was an amphetamine-addicted author of sub-Dan Brown potboilers, who in her spare time wrote lavish torrents of praise for serial killers and the Bernie Madoff-style embezzlers of her day. She opposed democracy on the grounds that “the masses”—her readers—were “lice” and “parasites” who [...]
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Slavoj Žižek / Pordenonelegge Literary Festival 2009

Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Pierpaolo Antonello at the 2009 edition of ‘Pordenonelegge’, a Literary Festival held in Pordenone, Italy. September 2009. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bojWw-KfDW4&feature=PlayList&p=70B140E03A8C4EBD&index=0&playnext=1]
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Kierkegaard on the Couch

by Gordon Marino from The New York Times All progress paves over some bit of knowledge or washes away some valuable practice. Within a few years, e-mail and Twitter moved the art of letter writing to the trash bin. And in an age when all psychic life is being understood in terms of neurotransmitters, the art of [...]
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Added to Bedeutung Library / Academic – available to download for free

Click on the author’s name to be redirected to the Bedeutung Library / Academic site where the titles are available Theodor Adorno Negative Dialectics The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception Giorgio Agamben Metropolis Georges Bataille Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 Walter Benjamin Illuminations Gilles Deleuze Having an Idea in Cinema Michel Foucault This is Not a Pipe Security, Territory, Population Discipline and Punish The Hermeneutics of the Subject Ian Hacking The [...]
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Something in the Air

from Frieze magazine German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks to Erik Morse about the 20th- and 21st-century phenomena of chemical warfare, designer ventilation and high-density urban living ERIK MORSE?What role do you think literature plays in explicating what you call ‘sphereology’ – the study of the human need for interior space? PETER SLOTERDIJK?I’ve always felt that there is [...]
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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

by Slavoj Žižek The title of this book is intended as an elementary IQ test for the reader: if the first association it generates is the vulgar anti-communist cliche-”You are right-today, after the tragedy of twentieth-century totalitarianism, all the talk about a return to communism can only be farcical!”-then I sincerely advise you to stop here. [...]
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Democracy and Disappointment: a Critchley – Badiou debate added to the Bedeutung Library / Academic

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, the Departments of Romance Languages, History, and English, and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce a public conversation between Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 from 7:00-9:00pm. This event, the next installment of the “Conversations in Theory” series, features a [...]
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Oath of Office

A Conversation Between Richard Selzer & Peter Josyphfrom LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY Josyph: “I swear by Apollo, the physician.” On whom did Apollo practice? Selzer: Well, he was called upon to heal miraculously. Iapyx, in the Aeneid, was a doctor. He had asked to learn the healing arts from Apollo because he wanted to save his own father, who [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – Democracy Now! October 15. 2009

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From Tariq Ali’s forthcoming "The Idea of Communism"

The Central Committee instructed Marx to produce a manifesto. A few months later, the document was still not forthcoming and a slightly tetchy triumvirate – consisting of Citizens Karl Schapper, Heinrich Bauer and Joseph Moll – despatched a warning note to the author on behalf of the Committee: ‘The Central Committee [in London] hereby directs the [...]
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The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics

This volume brings together essays by different generations of Italian thinkers which address, whether in affirmative, problematizing or genealogical registers, the entanglement of philosophical speculation and political proposition within recent Italian thought. Nihilism and biopolitics, two concepts that have played a very prominent role in theoretical discussions in Italy, serve as the thematic foci around [...]
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Is it Possible to be a Hegelian Today?

Slavoj Žižek: “Is it Possible to be a Hegelian Today?” Tuesday, September 22, 2009 talk at the University at Buffalo. Organized by the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. Joan Copjec introduces Žižek. Here part 1/7. Click on video to be redirected to youtube for parts 2-6/7. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=184f7R1Tscg&hl=en&fs=1&]
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To Each According to His Greed

by Slavoj Žižekfrom HARPER’S MAGAZINE The only truly surprising thing about the 2008 financial meltdown is how easily the idea was accepted that its happening was unpredictable. Recall the demonstrations that throughout the last decade regularly accompanied meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank: the protesters’ complaints encompassed not only the usual antiglobalization [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – Kosovo Interview

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Nietzsche / Wagner

Download and read here Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings on Wagner. Includes: I. The Case of WagnerII. Nietzsche Contra WagnerIII. Selected Aphorisms Translated ByAnthony M. LudoviciThird EditionT. N. Foulis13 & 15 Frederick StreetEdinburgh and London1911
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The New Atheism

The New Atheism”, Theos/LICC lecture by Professor John N. Gray (June 16, 2008) John Gray, the author of “Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia” and former professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics gave a lecture on the New Atheism at an event co-hosted by Theos, the public theology think [...]
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The Critchley-Žižek Debate

Remember the thrilling debate between Simon Critchley and Slavoj Žižek? Here it is again: 1. Simon Critchley publishes Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance2. Slavoj Žižek writes in the London Review of Books: “Resistance is Surrender”3. T.J. Clark and David Graeber respond4. Žižek strikes back5. …and elaborates further in chapter 7 of In Defense [...]
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