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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.

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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