Theory After 'Theory'

Theory After 'Theory'

Derek Attridge, Jane Elliot

Language: English

Pages: 323

ISBN: 2:00271938

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This volume argues that theory, far from being dead, has undergone major shifts in order to come to terms with the most urgent cultural and political questions of today. Offering an overview of theory’s new directions, this groundbreaking collection includes essays on affect, biopolitics, biophilosophy, the aesthetic, and neoliberalism, as well examinations of established areas such as subaltern studies, the postcolonial, and ethics.



















evidently the case w ith the possessed’ (Aquinas 2003: 156). Spiritus is precisely that which mediates the natural and supernatural, earthly and divine —as well as managing the distinction and separation between them. Aquinas makes a key point here, however - the demon does not possess the power to create life, though it may give the impression o f animating and re-animating. This is because, for Aquinas, the dem on itself is not living, and is not animated. H ere we must presume that the dem on

united now ‘tragically’ conflict.We come up again face to face w ithW eber’s w arring gods.We must choose and on choosing we stumble into the land of unintended conse­ quences, w hile the hunt for the resolution o f newly resurrected problems contin­ ues. Put another way: social itselfby explicitly articulated and, more often than not, implicitly assumed norms. If flexibly defined, these norms can remain relatively uncontested.Again, we all want peace, freedom, social justice; we

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towards zones of endurance as witnessed in the social seams o f contemporary Indigenous Australia. How can we assess the pos­ sibilities o f enduring striving in zones w here life has yet to be absorbed into the extreme wavering of death? H ow do these possibilities help us to assess the hope that immanent critique places in the ethical work of intensified potentiality? Enduring On 10 July 2 0 0 9 , I was driving along a back highway that connects the Darwin suburbs in the N orthernT erritory

in Shklovsky’s aesthetics o f renovation and renewal is thus, ironically, a preoccupa­ tion w ith the old and the timeless (what has been veiled or fogged up). W ith defamiliarization, it may be argued, comes the nostalgic longing for an implicit norm o f authenticity, a ‘first time’ (both at the level o f objects and at the level of perception), to which artists wake us from the mechanicity o f repetitiveness. As Galin Tihanov writes: Any successfl.1 l act of estrangement . . . rests on a

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