For the Continental Tradition: Contra Chomsky’s Dismissal

This comes from Slavoj Žižek, “Some Bewildered Clarifications.”  Žižek takes issue with Noam Chomsky’s thoughtless dismissal not only of Žižek’s work but of the entire continental tradition. I think one can convincingly show that the continental tradition in philosophy, although often difficult to decode, and sometimes—I am the first to admit this—defiled by fancy jargon, remains in itsContinue reading “For the Continental Tradition: Contra Chomsky’s Dismissal”

Politicize Aesthetics, Don’t Aestheticize Politics

It’s worth remembering the following passage from Walter Benjamin’s classic essay on “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” “Fiat ars—pereat mundus” says fascism, expecting from war, as Marinetti admits, the artistic gratification of sense perception altered by technology.  This is evidently the consummation of l’art pour l’art.  Humankind, which once, inContinue reading “Politicize Aesthetics, Don’t Aestheticize Politics”