Category Archives: 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY

THE ARRESTED MOMENT IN BENJAMIN’S “THESES ON HISTORY”: EPISTEMOLOGY VS. POLITICS, IMAGE VS. STORY (1999-2007, 10,470 words)

THE INTELLECTUAL’S SEEING AND DOING; 1. INTELLECTUALS AND POLITICS, IMAGES AND STRUCTURE (genre, images as method, figural tableaux); 2. ANALYZING “CH” (division, grouping); 3. TIME AND HISTORY, IMAGE AND STORY (refusing the future and stories, arrested moment)

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ROMANCE STUDIES IN GERMANY AND WERNER KRAUSS (2002, 7,300 words)

The relations of Romance Studies and Nazism are discussed on the basis of new publications. The second part discusses the career of Werner Krauss, an unjustly neglected scholar.

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SOME DIFFERENTIATIONS WITHIN THE CONCEPTS OF “MYTH” (2007, 2,950 words)

R. Littlejohns and S. Soncini eds., Myths of Europe. Rodopi. , 2007 This brief overview is divided into sections: 1.1 Approaching “myth” and its divergent, indeed incompatible meanings; discussing first (in 1.2) Cassirer: all creative thought is myth; then (in … Continue reading

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(With Boris Buden) ONLY INTELLIGENT PLANNING WILL SAVE US (2017, 2850 words)

This interview was originally published in e-flux journal no. 86 (Nov. 2017) and has not been published in hard copy., 2017 A wide-ranging discussion between two ex-Yugoslavs, both from Croatia, both students (in different generations) at Zagreb University, and both … Continue reading

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On EXILE AS MASS OUTRAGE AND INTELLECTUAL MISSION (2004, 11100 words)

PUBLISHED IN M.T. Chialant ed., Viaggio e letteratura. Marsilio, 2006 A long and much buttressed essay on the political epistemology of exile. It  differentiates  between Expatriates, Exiles, Émigrés, and Refugees, citizen (in the legal sense) and person, goes into the … Continue reading

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NOTES FOR ILLUMINATING FREEDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN DAS KAPITAL: ARISTOTLE, LEIBNIZ, AND SPINOZA (version 13-1-2016, 4,480 words)

To understand some central presuppositions of Marx’s within an anti-scientistic and anti-bourgeois horizon, such as knowledge and freedom, some central elements within Leibniz and Spinosa are discussed, with a glance at Hegel. Capital turns out to be an anti-Leibnizian monad, … Continue reading

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IMMIGRATION IN EUROPE TODAY: APARTHEID OR CIVIL COHABITATION? (2006-07, 11,510 words)

0. Introduction; 1. Changes in Mass Displacements: Are Non-Citizens People?; 2. Criteria and Value-Orientations: A Possible Epistemologico-Political Alternative: 2.1. Epistemology: Images of People’s Life, 2.2. Toward Politics: A Right to Citizenship as a Human Right; 3. Some Prospects for Civil … Continue reading

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FROM THE ARCHEOLOGY OF MARXISM AND COMMUNISM (2009-2015, 16000 words)

Darko Suvin (2013) “From the Archeology of Marxism and Communism: Two Essays in Political Epistemology”, Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 21:2-3, 279-311, , 2013 Of the two relatively independent parts here, Part 1. characterizes at length three … Continue reading

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FROM MALLARMÉ’S PURIFICATION TO KONG FU-TSE’S RECTIFICATION OF TERMS: PICTURES FROM AN EPISTEMOLOGICAL EXHIBITION (2006, 5,500 WORDS)

Contemporanea no. 6 , 2008 Epistemological discussion of the terms power and conflict based on a poem by Mallarmé and a fragment of Confucius.

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DEATH INTO LIFE: FOR A POETICS OF ANTI-CAPITALIST ALTERNATIVE (2009, 5900 words)

Socialism & Democracy 26.2 (July 2012): 91-106, 2012 A prosimetrum — mixture of six convergent sections each having one short poem and one piece of essayistic or argumentative prose. Part 1: the ice age of catastrophic capitalist economy, whose purpose … Continue reading

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