“In event of moon disaster”

Gawker posts today “a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had to explain to a nation that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were going to die on the moon.” The post includes an image of William Safire’s original text for the contingency speech, titled “In event of moon disaster”: http://gawker.com/5369364/william-safires-finest-speech

Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics by Graham Harman

This book looks important, especially to advancing beyond the analytic-phenomenological debate. Harman writes: “Whereas Latour places all humans, nonhuman, natural, and artificial objects on the same footing, the analytics and continentals both still dither over how to bridge, ignore, deny, or explain away a single gap between humans and world. While graduate students are usually…

A phenomenology of sense

In sections 96-97 of the Hegel’s Phenomenology, he describes the growth of sense (meaning both sense as the sensory and sense as meaning) for consciousness. In the challenge of sense develops the famous pattern of (1) thesis, (2) antithesis (problem, contradiction), then (3) synthesis of multiplicity. The key concepts of “negation” and “mediation” also appear,…

The Parallax View

Zizek’s The Parallax View (MIT, 2006) is a more serious philosophical effort to articulate his theory of the gap or negativity (Heidegger’s “ontological difference”) between human thought (understanding mediated by image and concept) and being (our intuition of immediate material reality). It is good to read Zizek writing in a more serious, scholarly mode (not…