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Force and understanding in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

The Phenomenology of Spirit charts the development of consciousness as it rises from lowly common sense to the absolute. This passes through a series of transitions, and this essay takes a look at just one of them.

20 May 2011

Giorgio Agamben: What is a commandment?

notes from CRMEP seminar delivered at Kingston University on 28 March 2011 – audio – draft transcript ARCHE v ARCHE The Greek term arche means both origin (hence “archeology”) and … Continue reading

30 March 2011 · Leave a comment

Badiou on the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

Alain Badiou wrote a short piece for Le Monde last month on the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.  It’s already been translated into English a couple of times (on the … Continue reading

11 March 2011 · Leave a comment

Notes on Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence

Somewhat surprisingly given its prominence in the interpretation of Nietzsche’s work, the motif of eternal recurrence occurs explicitly only a few times in his published books: in certain passages and … Continue reading

17 February 2011 · Leave a comment

Review of Badiou’s Number and Numbers

[first published in Radical Philosophy 156, July/August 2009 – PDF] One of the more astonishing aspects of Alain Badiou’s philosophical position is that the key to what is most distinctive … Continue reading

17 February 2011 · Leave a comment

Kant’s notion of ‘critique’ in the Critique of Pure Reason

The publication of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason in 1781 is widely seen as inaugurating the era of modern philosophy. It is the first of Kant’s three great critiques. Together … Continue reading

27 October 2010 · Leave a comment

Notes on consciousness and bad faith in Sartre

Non-thetic consciounsness Sartre’s theory of consciousness, as outlined in early works such as The Transcendence of the Ego and Being and Nothingness, emerges out of his close critical engagement in … Continue reading

7 April 2010 · Leave a comment

Notes on the master/slave relation in Nietzsche

Masters and slaves are a recurring motif throughout Nietzsche’s work, but the relationship between them is laid out most systematically in his 1887 book On the Genealogy of Morality. The … Continue reading

5 March 2010 · Leave a comment

Notes on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit boasts a bizarre and starkly original structure. While Hegel’s philosophical preoccupations are in line with those of his German Idealist precursors – constructing a scientific metaphysics, … Continue reading

14 November 2009 · Leave a comment

Down with the ten capitalist ministers

[originally published on Lenin’s Tomb] A few critical words on Slavoj Zizek’s paper at the Politics of Truth conference held in London at the end of last month. You can listen … Continue reading

4 December 2005 · Leave a comment

Three studies in consumer desire

[originally published on and Lenin’s Tomb] A peculiar microtrend in consumer advertising has recently caught my attention: a penchant for unexpected dialectical reversals in the normal ideological discourse of … Continue reading

27 October 2005 · Leave a comment

Zizek on counterfactuals

[originally published on and Lenin’s Tomb] Exhibit A: witless reactionaries desperately trying to justify the summary execution of an innocent man in London last month by armed plain clothes … Continue reading

17 August 2005 · Leave a comment

George Galloway’s libel victory

[originally published on] I’ve been following the George Galloway libel story with a personal as well as a political interest – I was working for the Telegraph at the … Continue reading

5 December 2004 · Leave a comment

Ascherson on Deutscher on Trotsky

[originally published on] Neal Ascherson works as a political journalist for the Observer, but he is also a seasoned political operator in his own right, being active on the … Continue reading

1 December 2004 · Leave a comment