Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
0
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×
Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar

596

Published on

Slides for my PhD final seminar at QUT - 13 November 2008.

Slides for my PhD final seminar at QUT - 13 November 2008.

Published in: Technology, News & Politics
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
596
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
9
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Mark Bahnisch Final Seminar – PhD 13 November 2008 The Phenomenology of Utopia: Reframing Political Sociology Humanities Program, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2. Contexts I <ul><li>The end of the Cold War political imaginary </li></ul><ul><li>Globalisation – not a useful social scientific concept – an ideologeme but also a social fact </li></ul><ul><li>Constatives and performatives – the closure of the political imaginary </li></ul><ul><li>Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” as a symptom </li></ul><ul><li>But there is a real question – the question of universals and anti-systemic action </li></ul><ul><li>Reframing political sociology – a phenomenology of the limits of the political and of performative invocations or injunctions </li></ul>
  • 3. Contexts II <ul><li>A sociological question – the relation between the discursive field of the political and the possibilities of social action </li></ul><ul><li>Walter Benjamin’s Theses as a parable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Weberian question – living for and off politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political desires and affects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teleology, time, meaning, history </li></ul><ul><li>Not universal laws but quasi-transcendental structures of experience (and action) </li></ul><ul><li>The gesture towards utopia and the novum as a horizon of present (im)possibility </li></ul>
  • 4. Method and epistemology <ul><li>Performativities of the text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The positioning/s of the researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value-neutrality but an engaged critical sociology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montaigne, Simmel and Benjamin as exemplars – shards and constellations of meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tikkun and the labour of the social theorist </li></ul><ul><li>A prolegomena not a closed thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Reading theorists as sociology and as sociological artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the hypothesis or the wager </li></ul><ul><li>Truth, adequation and concepts </li></ul>
  • 5. Thinking the political imaginary <ul><li>Cornelius Castoriadis and the social imaginary </li></ul><ul><li>Claude Lefort – the political foundation of the social – the political problematises the social </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The universal is a socially-instituted mediation which gives sense to the fragments of the social – a representation or an imaginary signification. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Temporalising the political – maintaining history as iterative rather than progressive </li></ul><ul><li>The utopian imaginary – an elective affinity </li></ul><ul><li>Castoriadis – the autonomy of imagination is the precondition of radical creativity </li></ul>
  • 6. Quasi-transcendentals I <ul><li>“Religion without religion” </li></ul><ul><li>Political concepts as secularised theological concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Against secularisation theory – Charles Taylor’s “disembedding” – “the greater the gods are, the freer humans are” (Gauchet) </li></ul>
  • 7. Quasi-transcendentals II <ul><li>The ghosts of Jacques Derrida </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Derrida and the lineages of phenomenology; deconstruction as a “Jewish science” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thought at its limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The work of the negative – no sublation, no synthesis but a forcing of concepts together into a constellation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A double movement of veiling and unveiling – a revelation, an apocalypse </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Minor traditions <ul><li>Jewish utopics at the beginning of the short Twentieth Century </li></ul><ul><li>The excarnation of Christian soteriology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The fissure between the political and the social – the “always already there” and the “yet to be realised” – an originary oscillation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ An infinite hope, but not for us” – Kabbalistic messianisms </li></ul><ul><li>Walter Benjamin and the particular universal – against the Hegelian determinate universal </li></ul><ul><li>Zakhor! Benjamin’s Katechon – flashes of light dispelling the darkness – diachrony in time and history </li></ul>
  • 9. Introducing intersubjectivity <ul><li>Benjamin’s poetics of politics, Derrida as the “Last Jew” or as a Marrano </li></ul><ul><li>But what of intersubjectivity? </li></ul><ul><li>Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s political theory </li></ul><ul><li>The necessity of a philosophical anthropology </li></ul><ul><li>Contingency, subjectivity, history – the modern subject as turning away, forgetting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An escape from Marxism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And thus the necessity for the political decision </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Recovering the political at the end of history <ul><li>Carl Schmitt and Jacques Derrida – a sociology of the political concept and a symptomatology of the times (out of joint) </li></ul><ul><li>An agonistic political and the undecideability of political signifiers; and intersubjectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Weaving together the threads – temporalising the political through articulating minor traditions to the empty place of the universal </li></ul>
  • 11. Contributions of the thesis and directions for future research <ul><li>The contribution of the method </li></ul><ul><li>The contribution of the argument and the readings </li></ul><ul><li>Towards applying a phenomenological sociology to the “global political” </li></ul><ul><li>Lines of flight… </li></ul>
  • 12. Thank you! <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>

×