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differences (1 December 2006) 17 (3): 88–106.
Published: 01 December 2006
... Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. He is the author, most recently, of A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and the editor of Things , a special issue of Critical Inquiry that has been republished in book form (University of Chicago...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 1–9.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... © ARS, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. rey chow and james a. steintrager In Pursuit of the Object of Sound: An Introduction “If something is to stay in the memory,” writes Friedrich Nietzsche in The Genealogy of...
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Published: 01 May 2018
Figure 3 A household cluttered with mundane objects and laundry obstructs our view of Lucia returning home with piles of packages. The Reckless Moment , Max Ophuls, 1949. Figure 3. A household cluttered with mundane objects and laundry obstructs our view of Lucia returning home with piles of More
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 197–205.
Published: 01 December 2012
... revolve around the extent to which science’s objects are “real” or, put more formally, to what extent objects of human inquiry exist outside their investigation. This essay critiques two important interlocutors in the debate—Butler and Latour—to argue that this is the wrong question to ask. Resisting the...
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differences (1 September 2016) 27 (2): 79–102.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Clare Hemmings As a way of trying to ensure that feminism remains accountable and inclusive, there is an institutional tendency to multiply the subjects and objects of inquiry within women’s and gender studies. While sympathetic to this impulse, this essay also recognizes that such pluralization...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 54–73.
Published: 01 December 2011
... reenacted performance could be said to be the same. Taking fidelity not as an objective measure of sameness but rather as a mediation between machinery and people, the author finds in the discourse around the re-enacting piano echoes of the nineteenth-century scientific “mechanical objectivity” identified...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 235–239.
Published: 01 December 2011
... fourth fundamental aspect of sounds deemed musical. But while attempts have been made to find in timbre an objectively quantifiable and measurable aspect of sound—and one that characterizes specific instruments as such—the concept actually lumps together a number of different and irreducibly particular...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 240–248.
Published: 01 December 2011
... fourth fundamental aspect of sounds deemed musical. But while attempts have been made to find in timbre an objectively quantifiable and measurable aspect of sound—and one that characterizes specific instruments as such—the concept actually lumps together a number of different and irreducibly particular...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 42–73.
Published: 01 December 2012
... they are stored, they are made valuable. This essay focuses on two extreme cases of life-logging that make use of prototypical recording technologies: that of Gordon Bell, a senior researcher at Microsoft, who is on a quest to record his life for the sake of increased objectivity, productivity, and...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 65–85.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the feminine eroticizes the body and orients the drive toward its impossible object and that analysis is interminable because in both men and women the feminine is rejected by the ego. Lacan largely passes over Freud’s bisexual thesis. Through his reading of Wittgenstein, whose Tractatus takes up...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 34–52.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Gerhard Richter This article pursues the possibility of a non-reified thinking in the act of “rescuing” through critique. If the objective of such thinking were to rescue something without thereby becoming affirmative, to retain something that is about to disappear for good without thereby becoming...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 124–136.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Elizabeth A. Castelli Religion has long been the object of theorization, and the history of this theorization is grounded in a history of making sense of difference. After a brief survey of this history, this essay considers the religious turn in contemporary philosophy, the increasing attention to...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 74–118.
Published: 01 December 2012
... an experiment and an animal or plant object of study, which the essay approaches by showing how Darwin became a participant in his own orchid experiments. Taken together, these feminist readings of ecological and evolutionary phenomena result in the dissolution of species and even kingdom boundaries...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 119–160.
Published: 01 December 2012
... second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics not only postulates a universal increase of entropy and an “arrow of time” but also has been based on human ignorance, the assumption that there is an objective world independent of us that we can know only incompletely. Maxwell’s demon...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 161–196.
Published: 01 December 2012
... rely on similarity. This essay does for the reader what the aquarium has done for the author: paints a multisensory picture of the world experienced through the tentacles of a creature historically reduced to the object of human spectatorship. Though she demonstrates how humans have constructed the...
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differences (1 December 2012) 23 (3): 206–223.
Published: 01 December 2012
... between neighboring objects. On the subatomic scale, each electron gleans its energy from touching itself as if undergoing an exchange with another. Not only does the presence of contact come from its absence but also the presence of electrons themselves relies on a void holding their virtual counterparts...
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differences (1 December 2017) 28 (3): 136–165.
Published: 01 December 2017
... orthodox economics. It is an economy where money is an obscene object, disrupting the very possibility of equivalence on which orthodox economics is based. This peculiar conceptualization of money is essential for understanding the historical specificity of capitalism. Applying it to the recurring cultural...
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differences (1 May 2018) 29 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Figure 3 A household cluttered with mundane objects and laundry obstructs our view of Lucia returning home with piles of packages. The Reckless Moment , Max Ophuls, 1949. Figure 3. A household cluttered with mundane objects and laundry obstructs our view of Lucia returning home with piles of...
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differences (1 December 2018) 29 (3): 1–32.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Briankle G. Chang As an extension of the eye, the camera writes the light according to its own inhuman, mechanical terms. The photographic ability to describe the world objectively not only renders indistinguishable the perceptible and the imperceptible but also makes visible the hidden commerce of...
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differences (1 December 2018) 29 (3): 33–57.
Published: 01 December 2018
... the other sex, unhousing man, exposing his subjectivity as not-whole, and sheltering him in a more open and unhomely existential home. The first section outlines man’s efforts to carve form and thought from primordial flux and to establish a world and home defined by discrete objects. As the second...