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The phenomenology of the political

A reply from Saturday Night to Mr. Dienstag

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Tracy B. Strong

do, no one else is so capable of it or so ready for it. He could . It’s a free country. But it will take a change of consciousness. So phenomenology becomes politics. 15 When reading Cavell – on anything and also on film – I come away with the strong sense

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Circles unrounded

Sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

Louise Squire

phenomenology and the speculative real. I then turn to considering Life of Pi’s emphasis on a human-centred stance, alongside its apparent recalibrating of the subject horizon as a sustainable world is engendered. Sustainability and the human project A number of sustainability’s tensions and paradoxes and their nuances have been teased out across the essays in this collection. This final essay considers sustainability from the perspective of opacity itself. That is, it addresses the issue that sustainability is premised upon projected notions that are variously indistinct or

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Hegel

The beginning of aesthetic theory and the end of art

Andrew Bowie

individuality. In the view which argues for the limits of the reflection model it is precisely the ontological gap between myself and the other inherent in the fact of immediate self-consciousness which gives rise to the need for new forms of articulation and expression. While these forms are intersubjectively constituted – Beethoven uses many of the musical conventions of his time – they can yet be employed in unique, individual ways. Let us see, then, how Hegel arrives at his position. The Phenomenology of Spirit (PG) (1807) is an account of the stages of this process of

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Cinema, democracy and perfectionism

Joshua Foa Dienstag in dialogue

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Edited by: Joshua Foa Dienstag

This book engages in a critical encounter with the work of Stanley Cavell on cinema, focusing skeptical attention on the claims made for the contribution of cinema to the ethical character of democratic life. In much of Cavell's writing on film he seeks to show us that the protagonists of the films he terms "remarriage comedies" live a form of perfectionism that he upholds as desirable for contemporary democratic society: moral perfectionism. Films are often viewed on television, and television shows can have "filmlike" qualities. The book addresses the nature of viewing cinematic film as a mode of experience, arguing against Cavell that it is akin to dreaming rather than lived consciousness and, crucially, cannot be shared. It mirrors the celebrated dialogue between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jean D'Alembert on theatre. The book articulates the implications of philosophical pessimism for addressing contemporary culture in its relationship to political life. It clarifies how The Americans resembles the remarriage films and can illuminate the issues they raise. The tragedy of remarriage, would be a better instructor of a democratic community, if such a community were prepared to listen. The book suggests that dreaming, both with and without films, is not merely a pleasurable distraction but a valuable pastime for democratic citizens. Finally, it concludes with a robust response from Dienstag to his critics.

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Recognition and the International

Meanings, Limits, Manifestations

Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick

recognition by calling attention to the nature of self-consciousness. His great innovation is to show that consciousness is always consciousness of something other than itself – both inanimate objects and animate others. Hegel's phenomenology of consciousness was popularized when it deeply informed the thinking of leading French scholars such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, Emmanuel

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Robbie Shilliam

Phenomenology of Spirit ( 1977 ) prepares the student to grapple with his system of Logic ( 1975 ) by positing that the dialectic between consciousness and self-consciousness is a necessary existential as well as philosophical pursuit. Does it prepare the student to recognize the Abyssinian general? Over a number of different sections of The Phenomenology , Hegel replays the

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Sara Ahmed

). Ahmed, S. (2014c). ‘Practical phenomenology’, Feministkilljoys.com (4 June), https://​feministkilljoys.com/​2014/​06/​04/​practical-​phenomenology/​ (accessed 3 September 2018). Ahmed, S. (2014d). ‘Hard’, Feministkilljoys.com (10 June), https://​feministkilljoys. com/​2014/​06/​10/​hard/​ (accessed 3 September 2018). Ahmed, S. (2014e). ‘Fragility’, Feministkilljoys.com (14 June), https://​feministkilljoys. com/​2014/​06/​14/​fragility/​ (accessed 3 September 2018). Ahmed, S. (2017). Living a Feminist Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Braidotti, R. (2006

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Aesthetics and politics

Between Adorno and Heidegger

Joanna Hodge

descriptive imperatives and a retrieval of conceptuality could be sharpened. Heidegger is suspicious of a conceptuality which sets itself up in opposition to an already given order, and rather supposes that what there is must be conjured into revealing itself to an attentive composing thinking.41 The virtue of Husserl’s phenomenology as far as Heidegger is concerned is that it offers this possibility of revealing what is not already given, instead extracting what there is from its concealment in everyday taken-forgranted relations. Heidegger and Adorno thus share a suspicion

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Tarik Kochi

's most infamous passage on recognition – that which gets all of the attention, that which brings Johann Fichte's concept of recognition into the light, radicalizes it, transforms it – is presented in the second section of The Phenomenology of Spirit ( 2000 ). There are many different and varied interpretations of this section, some perhaps more convincing than others. What I

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Henrik Larsen

, to a large extent, on whether language is seen as a transparent conveyor of meaning or not. If language is seen as a neutral conveyor of meaning (as is mostly the case in phenomenology and symbolic interactionism), this naturally leads to little interest in the systematic study of linguistic practices and the language in texts. Discourse analysis Social constructivist approaches drawing on discourse