Martha C Nussbaum – Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics
Andrew Fiala – Tolerance And The Ethical Life
“…can we assume that the possibilities of human freedom lie rooted in the natural order, as a secret waiting to be discovered, as a flower waiting to blossom, to use Bookchin’s metaphor? Can we assume that there is a rational unfolding of possibilities, driven by a certain historical and social logic? This would seem to fall into the trap of essentialism, whereby there is a rational essence or being at the foundation of society whose truth we must perceive. There is an implicit positivism here, in which political and social phenomena are seen as conditioned by natural principles and scientifically observable conditions. Here I think one should reject this view of a social order founded on deep rational principles. In the words of Stirner, ‘The essence of the world, so attractive and splendid, is for him who looks to the bottom of it – emptiness.’ In other words, rather than there being a rational objectivity at the foundation of society, an immanent wholeness embodying the potential for human freedom, there is a certain void or emptiness, one that produces radical contingency and indeterminacy rather than scientific objectivity. This idea has been elaborated by Laclau and Mouffe, who eschew the idea of society as a rationally intelligible totality, and instead see it as a field of antagonisms which function as its discursive limit. In other words, what gives society its definitional limit at the same time subverts it as a coherent, whole identity. Therefore, they argue, ‘Society never manages fully to be society, because everything in it is penetrated by its limits, which prevent it from constituting itself as an objective reality.’ Antagonism should not be thought of here in the sense of the Hobbesian state of nature, as a war of everyman against everyman, but rather as a kind of rupturing or displacement of social identities that prevents the closure of society as a coherent identity.”
Free will: Wage slavery vs Leisure work
- The emergent working society of leisure
- Surfing Liquid Modernity, Albanian and Romanian Male Sex Workers in Europe.
- New Age Travellers: Uproarious or uprooted?
- Strivers vs Skivers zine
- Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights
- Reclaiming Work Beyond the Wage Based Society
- Farewell to the working class, an essay on post-industrial socialism
A philosophical denail is just a view, a theory… It does not get one actually to examine all the things that one really does identify with… as ‘self’ or ‘I’.
This examination, in a calm meditative context, is what the not-selfteaching aims at. It is not so much a thing to be thought about as to be done.
Can meditation (and contemplative practice in general) dampen the activist impulse? Does spirituality encourage detachment from the world’s problems? Or can mystical practice inform and energize political activism? Union Theological Seminary Visiting Professor of Science and Religion Robert Wright moderates a panel discussion on mysticism and activism. Featuring:
- Commonalities between Hindu and Buddhist meditation
- What a Buddhist calls “non-self,” a Hindu might call “oneness”
- Dena decries the commercialization of meditation
- The work of the Global Peace Initiative of Women
- An alliance of contemplative practitioners
- Could meditation help solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict?
- Greg’s work teaching Zen meditation to Brooklyn teens
- How Greg went from anger to Zen
- What young people learn from meditation
- Comparing Zen with other branches of Buddhism
- The experience of “emptiness” through meditation
- What’s the purpose of Zen koans?
- Jay’s new book on sadness, The Gate of Tears
- The most common mistake we make in dealing with sadness
- Examining the contours of your negative emotions
- Connections between Jewish and Buddhist teachings
- Jay: Pushing away the difficult is 90% of the difficult
- Spirituality and the power of negative thinking
- Feral Children and Clever Animals Reflections on Human Nature
- Street Smarts and Critical Theory Listening to the Vernacular By Thomas McLaughlin
- Critical thinking as an anarchist weapon
- Between Borders: Pedagogy and the Politics of Cultural Studies By Henry A. Giroux, Peter McLaren
- An Ethics of Improvisation: Aesthetic Possibilities for a Political Future By Tracey Nicholls
- The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender and Culture
- An Anarchist Psychotherapy: Ecopsychology and a Pedagogy of Life
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