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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 210–221.
Published: 01 July 2015
... of 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...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (1): 73–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... 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 returning to Badiou...
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Cultural Politics (2022) 18 (2): 247–263.
Published: 01 July 2022
..., philosophy is an attempt at bringing together “a love of knowledge and a knowledge of love” (Agamben 2017 : 75). Let us recall that, for Plato's Socrates, wisdom has no image; it is invisible in itself, but it can become visible in beauty. Similarly, the Clouds appear as beautiful women to Strepsiades...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (2): 163–181.
Published: 01 July 2014
.... 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 delve too deeply into Plato’s philosophy here, we...
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Cultural Politics (2013) 9 (2): 227–232.
Published: 01 July 2013
... 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 to observe, a side whose part...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (1): 123–131.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Alexander E. Hooke Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” likely has the most appearances in philosophy anthologies. A brief thought experiment from his Republic , the allegory portrays prisoners who can only stare ahead while the fire behind is ablaze. So all they perceive of reality...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (2): 157–170.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., as Katherine Hayles calls them (in my view, it's not hyper-attention but “distributed attention” 4 – Derrida would have said disseminated 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...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... Supporting this argument, Levy turns to Plato's Statesman ( 1995 ) and his Socratic debate about the suitability of the physician to lead the city. The dialogue recognizes that there is merit in the idea of the medicalized city because there is a clear connection between maintaining the health...
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Cultural Politics (2012) 8 (1): 79–95.
Published: 01 March 2012
... 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 inside an environment of illusions. Beyond this cave, he argued...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (1): 66–82.
Published: 01 March 2016
... for the purity of thought. In this respect, the Roman Stoic clearly follows Plato’s theory of the forms from The Republic , which places the immaterial space of ideas above the base world of things, and in such a way creates a kind of religion of reason. Perhaps more darkly, Seneca’s turn to ideas, thought...
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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 July 2019
... 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 Aristotle’s...
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Cultural Politics (2023) 19 (2): 241–260.
Published: 01 July 2023
... in the city. Similar to book 10 of Plato's Republic , Gutiérrez banned an artist from the polis, claiming that Khalifa's representations distort reality with a negative moral influence on the city's youth. 3 Echoing the Medellín mayor's feelings, Colombian middle- and upper-class Twitter and Instagram...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (2): 171–180.
Published: 01 July 2010
... 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, and threatens the life of the polity. At the same time, it is precisely the techniques of writing that make it possible...
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Cultural Politics (2013) 9 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of the utopian tradition of thought of the descendants of Plato who continue to believe that it is possible to build self-identical societies without others. In order to understand this opposition more clearly and, as a consequence, think through the distinction between the classical utopia of order...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (2): 133–156.
Published: 01 July 2010
... to philosophical training and 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...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (3): 385–389.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., 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 mechanization and objectification...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., 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 ( Erscheinenlassen , 25...
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Cultural Politics (2010) 6 (2): 253–258.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of attention formation in infants (“the synaptogenesis of the destruction of attention”), the cultivation of deep attention as antidote to contemporary capitalism's need to produce consumers, and the origins of Western educational ideals in Plato's transmission of the Socratic dialectic (the chapter...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., 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 philosophical distinctions between...
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Cultural Politics (2007) 3 (3): 307–326.
Published: 01 November 2007
... with an antithesis as crude as it was symptomatic: where the problems posed by the biotechnologies were concerned, one could speak either as a philosopher (and if that’s the case, you can’t say much that’s particularly relevant, given that it’s easier to quote Plato than to produce a clone) or as a technical medical...