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History of Madness by Michel Foucault
by Brad (sodapopinski51)
at November 30th, 2008 (11:53 pm)

In the economy of doubt, there is a fundamental disequilibrium between on the one hand madness, and dreams and errors on the other. Their position is quite different where truth and the seeker of truth are concerned. Dreams and illusions are overcome by the very structure of truth, but madness is simply exluded by the doubting subject, in the same manner that it will soon be excluded by the doubting subject, in the same manner that it will soon be excluded that he is not thinking or that he does not exist!

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by pathofreason (pathofreason)
at November 11th, 2008 (03:34 am)

Isn't love precisely a sort of cosmic imbalance? I was always disgusted with this notion of "I love the world,and universal love". I don't like the world, I am somewhere between I hate the world or I am indifferent towards it. But the whole of reality is just it...It's stupid. I don't care about it. Love for me is an extremely violent act. Love is not "I love you all" Love means I pick out something and I say I love you more than anything else. In this quite formal sense love is evil. ~Slajov Zizek

oh you [userpic]
post war
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at November 6th, 2008 (08:14 pm)

'The more occult and occluded the idea became, as the missiles accumulated in their silos like a crop of grain, the more attractive it grew to be. It was hardly feasible to invite press coverage when the first bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so in 1946 the United States provided an overdue photo-opportunity by exploding a spare at Bikini atoll. Since eroticism is a field of force, a discharge of energy, the bomb became sexy by association: the first two piece bathing costume for women made its appearance later that year, and co-opted the name of the test site when the model who wore it claimed that her navel would set off as many shock waves as the atomic blast. In the slang of the 1950's a desirable woman was a bombshell (preferably blond). The bomb's combustible secret, slumbering under cover, acquired an extra allure, officially off-limits but frequently visited in fantasy. All this followed logically from the appropriation of the biological term fission, yoking together creativity and death. Allen Ginsberg turned the metallic phallus on its owner, and told America 'Go fuck yourself with your atomic bomb', while William S. Burroughs gleefully fantasized about a prim, white-uniformed nurse arriving in J. Edgar Hoover's office at the FBI to administer high colonic irrigation: she then inserted a time bomb in his fundament.'

From 'Modern Times, Modern Places', by Peter Conrad (P.538)

Brad [userpic]
This book never exhausts itself!
by Brad (sodapopinski51)
at August 29th, 2008 (11:52 pm)

"Comparing a sock to a vagina is OK, it's done all the time, but you'd have to be insane to compare a pure aggregate of stitches to a field of vaginas: that's what Freud says."

"What does psychoanalysis know about multiplication?"

"We are criticizing psychoanalysis for having used Oedipal enunciation to make patients believe they would produce individual, personal statements, and believing they would finally speak in their own name."

"Silence people, prevent them from speaking, and above all, when they do speak, pretend they haven't said a thing: the famous psychoanalytic neutrality"

This line is in particular about Freud's famous curing of the "Wolfman" -
"All we will be told is that he became well behaved, polite, and resigned again, "honest and scrupulous." In short, cured."

From the classic, but always fresh, A Thousand Plateaus - p.27-38
One or Several Wolves? Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari... as if you couldn't tell by the time you read "Oedipal".

鉄観音 [userpic]
sexology of yore
by 鉄観音 (isolt)
at August 11th, 2008 (03:24 am)

current mood: productive

"I regard sex as the central problem of life.... Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. —So, at least, it seems to me."
——— Havelock Ellis, introduction to "Sexual Inversion"

"The possibility of extending the conclusions reached in any investigation is, after all, the chief excuse for doing research. A mastery of the realities of the universe, or of any particular corner of it, depends upon the capacity to find over-all formulae, over-all descriptions which will apply to the whole or to some appreciable portion of the whole."
———Kinsey et al. "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male"

(yay for having an outlet for posting cool things I find reading for my prelims...)

oh you [userpic]
Zizek (torture)
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at June 7th, 2008 (04:52 am)

current song: black elk

"    Yes, most of us can imagine a singular situation in which we might resort to torture - to save a loved one from immediate, unspeakable harm perhaps. I can. In such a case, however, it is crucial that I do not elevate this desperate choice into a universal principle. In the unavoidable brutal urgency of the moment, I should simply do it. But it cannot become an acceptable standard; I must retain the proper sense of the horror of what I did. And when torture becomes just another in the list of counterterrorism techniques, all sense of horror is lost. "
-- Slavoj Zizek in "The Knight of the Living Dead"
The New York Times, March 24 2007

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Agamben on registration/fingerprinting
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at June 7th, 2008 (03:17 am)
current song: eagles of death metal

"Some years ago, I had written that the West s political paradigm was no longer the city state, but the concentration camp, and that we had passed from Athens to Auschwitz. It was obviously a philosophical thesis, and not historic recital, because one could not confuse phenomena that it is proper, on the contrary, to distinguish.

  I would have liked to suggest that tattooing at Auschwitz undoubtedly seemed the most normal and economic way to regulate the enrolment and registration of deported persons into concentration camps. The bio-political tattooing the United States imposes now to enter its territory could well be the precursor to what we will be asked to accept later as the normal identity registration of a good citizen in the state s gears and mechanisms. That s why we must oppose it."

--Georgio Agamben, "No to Bio-Political Tattooing." in Le Monde. Saturday 10 January 2004 .

{a little context: Agamben had planned to go to the United States to teach a course. He was told that in order to enter the country he had to submit to fingerprinting. He refused and canceled the course. Then he wrote this article in Le Monde urging other European intellectuals/academics to do the same.}

oh you [userpic]
Deleuze / Reason, Ideology
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at June 1st, 2008 (09:22 pm)

Here I slave away for you people and you do not help! try this on for size! and then post something yourself! mothas!
your friendly neighborhood mod

"Reason is always a region cut out of the irrational -- not sheltered from the
irrational at all, but a region traveresed by the irrational and defined
only by a certain type of relation between irrational factors. Underneath
all reason lies delirium, drift. Everything is rational in capitalism,
except capital or capitalism itself. The stock market is certainly rational;
one can understand it, study it, the capitalists know how to use it, and yet
it is completely delirious, it's mad. It is in this sense that we say: the
rational is always the rationality of an irrational. Something that hasn't
been adequately discussed about Marx's *Capital* is the extent to which he
is fascinated by capitalists mechanisms, precisely because the system is
demented, yet works very well at the same time. So what is rational in a
society? It is -- the interests being defined in the framework of this
society -- the way people pursue those interests, their realisation. But
down below, there are desires, investments of desire that cannot be confused
with the investments of interest, and on which interests depend in their
determination and distribution: an enormous flux, all kinds of
libidinal-unconscious flows that make up the delirium of this society. The
true story is the history of desire."

"There is no ideology, there are only
organizations of power once it is admitted that the organization of power is
the unity of desire and the economic infrastructure. Take two examples.
Education: in May 1968 the leftists lost a lot of time insisting that
professors engage in public self-criticism as agents of bourgeois ideology.
IT's stupid, and simply fuels the masochistic impulses of academics. The
struggle against the competitive examination was abandoned for the benefit
of the controversy, or the great anti-ideological public confession. In the
meantime, the more conservative professors had no difficulty reorganizing
their power. The problem of education is not an ideological problem, but a
problem of the organization of power: it is the specificity of educational
power that makes it appear to be an ideology, but it's pure illusion."

deleuze in "capitalism: a very special delirium" in Chaosophy

oh you [userpic]
The Elvis of Cultural Theory PRESENTS, In Defense of Lost Causes
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at May 29th, 2008 (11:13 pm)

current mood: cheerful
current song: bbc world news

hello my little minions. I thought you all might like to know that

“May 2008: The giant of Ljubljana provides the best intellectual high since 'Anti-Oedipus'.”Collapse )

oh you [userpic]
Fredric Jameson on theoretical and poetic speech
by oh you (seasontoseason)
at May 21st, 2008 (09:15 am)

This could be nice on our community profile, methinks. Though you lot aren't helping , ehhh POST POST mothatfuckas!

modern poetry reasserts its production of language and reinvents a center. The very difficulty of modern poetry is in direct proportion to the degree of reification of everyday speech; and the simplicity of much of poetry today, in the tradition of William Carlos Williams, is itself a second-degree phenomenon which builds on the complexity of the first wave of poetic modernism. But if this is the case, then what is striking is not the vast gap between theoretical jargon and poetic speech, but rather the similarity of the situations they face and the dilemmas they have to overcome. The poets and the theoreticians are both at work desperately in an increasingly constricted network of reifying processes, and both violently have recourse to invented speech and private languages in order to reopen a space in which to breathe. That they should not recognize their mutual interests in each other, that they should, as in the mirror, take each other's image for that of the Other or the enemy, is itself only one of the more advanced ruses of reification, the way capitalism works to separate its subjects from each other and imprison them in the specialized compartments of their own apparently isolated activities.
--fredric jameson in The Minnesota Review, Spring 1977

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