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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 210–221.
Published: 01 July 2015
... infinite depth and a sense of absolute freedom obscures the truth of solipsistic self-reflection and enclosure. It explores this idea through reference to Virilio’s concept of the “squared horizon” and a short history of screen culture that commences with Plato’s myth of the cave, where perceptions of...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2009) 5 (1): 73–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... the logical clarity of such philosophical polarizations maintains a tendency toward collapse. Introducing its key concerns through Badiou, the article provides a schematic outline of the history of philosophy’s gendered relation to the state legal archive through Plato, Kant, and Hegel and ends by...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 163–181.
Published: 01 July 2014
... and progressives of the Democratic Party. Democrats, broadly understood, have been acting against democracies since ancient times. Plato’s critique of Athenian democracy and Alexis de Tocqueville’s treatise on democracy in America stand as two illustrations of this point. While I do not want to...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2012) 8 (1): 79–95.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Muqaddimah as an enclosed environment, its exit became a relevant part of the piece from the very beginning. Here we relied on the most obvious metaphor we had, Plato's cave. Plato had argued that an eternal unity bound all creation, and he described common people as slaves of a tangible reality, living...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 227–232.
Published: 01 July 2013
... sovereignty of metaphysics and the authority that it has come to exercise over being. For siding with the eye is, Lyotard observes, to side with “the half-light that, after Plato, the word threw like a grey pall over the sensory, that it consistently thematized as a lesser being” (2011a 5). It is, he goes on...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 157–170.
Published: 01 July 2010
... attention), but at the same time you can also be in a very deep state of attention on the Internet, very sustained attention. What does Plato say about books? Exactly the same thing. He says the only real form of deep attention is dialogue; the book creates artificial, distributed attention. But this isn't...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2009) 5 (3): 385–389.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of the utopian, and perhaps to fill in what Bauman meant when he suggested that utopianism was like gardening with people instead of plants (1989). Others become objects. From Plato, through Machiavelli and Hobbes, we see an increasing split between self and the social, and an increasing...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2016) 12 (1): 66–82.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., Platonic state organized around virtue, or virtus , which we can link to phallic, paternal authority. Drawing on Plato’s original urban psychopolitical theory of the necessity of the just, austere division of labor from The Republic , Mumford’s history moves on to show that military victory, territorial...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2019) 15 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 July 2019
... for it. My main reason to turn to Hiero , though, is Xenophon’s explicit focus on economy in his treatment of the nexus of despotism, economy, and voluntary servitude, and thus his implicit transgression of the Greek separation of politics and economy more visible than, for instance, Plato’s and...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2017) 13 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., rather, is that media should be understood using a “representational vocabulary” (206). The touchstone she uses to develop this vocabulary, and the basis for her avowed turn to a metaphysics of media, is Plato. Using the key terms making perceptible ( Wahrnehmbarmachen ) and making appear...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 253–258.
Published: 01 July 2010
... consumers, and the origins of Western educational ideals in Plato's transmission of the Socratic dialectic (the chapter is hyperbolically entitled “What is philosophy?”), he produces a paean to that “care” that is effected by the activities of attention formation and teaching within the institutions of...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 171–180.
Published: 01 July 2010
... impose a dissociative use of script – and this is why the philosophers criticized and combated them, Socrates being foremost among the critics. Plato shows that when the knowledge-medium that is language is transformed by the technique of writing, it tends to become exclusively an instrument of power...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2007) 3 (3): 307–326.
Published: 01 November 2007
... looms the menacing shadow of that reeducation camp “in the country” reserved by Plato in The Laws for the enraged, unrepentant atheists. Excommunication procedures have certainly changed today, but they haven’t particularly got any milder … To arrive at the effective exclusion of the sophist, the true...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2017
... order. Everything else—such as hair, dirt, and feces that in Plato’s view most likely lacked an idea—was relegated by metaphysics into a “pit of nonsense” ( Plato 1996 : 131). Digital signal processing, by contrast, appears to have been designed to process contingencies. Instead of making binary...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 125–131.
Published: 01 July 2014
... marginalization (for instance, as fit only for the sandpit subworld of the arts). Or maybe it isn’t. References Badiou Alain . 2012a . Plato’s Republic: A Dialogue in Sixteen Chapters . Translated by Spitzer Susan . Cambridge : Polity . Badiou Alain . 2012b . The Rebirth of...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2013) 9 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2013
... adequately cover over the meaningless reality or primal lack of existence. Against the classical idea of utopia, which derives from Plato and is essentially concerned with order, stability, and identity, my work on the Roma conjures the specter of a different kind of utopianism, a dire utopianism of bare...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 133–156.
Published: 01 July 2010
... practice makes very clear that for Stiegler the importance of the relation between philosophy and the everyday, reflection and action, has never been in question. Citing the canonic but mis-represented (by Plato, first of all) example of Socrates' life and death, Stiegler argues that philosophy is...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2006) 2 (1): 97–114.
Published: 01 March 2006
.... In fact, this potentiality within beings is an age-old weapon against the enclosures of the city. As Agamben in The Man Without Content recalls, that potentiality is the classical terror that haunts Plato as that force that “could by itself destroy the very foundations of his city” (1999: 4), a...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 260–274.
Published: 01 July 2015
... is contrasted here with the technosphere as a space of forgetting and memory loss. The critique of technology as the cause of a profound forgetting, as is well-known, was first observed by Plato in Phaedrus (2005). This Platonic theme of the destruction of memory as the basis for accomplished...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2016) 12 (2): 155–172.
Published: 01 July 2016
... (1982) reminds us of the differences between Plato and Kant: for Plato, the ideal ruler does not act at all, because he is the wise man who “knows”; for Kant, the most important subject in history is not the ruler but the public—the reading public, whose judgment is developed from disinterested...