Stanford’s Friedrich Nietzsche Series


This is good to hear – the series started several years ago, and there was a substantial gap before a couple of recent volumes. Here’s hoping the rest follow in fairly regular succession.

Originally posted on PHILOSOPHY IN A TIME OF ERROR:

I was discussing today with Alan Shrift the series that he heads up at Stanford, The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. If you’re teaching Nietzsche–and I only knew of one of these volumes–these are new translations really improve on existing versions, and they will also be translating his notebooks and other ancillary writings. It’s quite a project.

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Kostas Axelos, Introduction to a Future Way of Thought: On Marx and Heidegger – now available in print and open-access pdf

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Kostas Axelos, Introduction to a Future Way of Thought: On Marx and Heidegger, translated by Kenneth Mills, and edited and introduced by Stuart Elden.

I’ve just received hard-copies of this book. It is now available to buy in print from Amazon as well as to download open access online.

“Technologists only change the world in various ways in generalized indifference; the point is to think the world and interpret the changes in its unfathomability, to perceive and experience the difference binding being to the nothing.” Axelos - Cover U1Anticipating the age of planetary technology Kostas Axelos, a Greek-French philosopher, approaches the technological question in this book, first published in 1966, by connecting the thought of Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger. Marx famously declared that philosophers had only interpreted the world, but the point was to change it. Heidegger on his part stressed that our modern malaise was due to the forgetting of being, for which he thought technological questions were central. Following from his study of Marx as a thinker of technology, and foreseeing debates about globalization, Axelos recognizes that technology now determines the world. Providing an introduction to some of his major themes, including the play of the world, Axelos asks if planetary technology requires a new, a future way of thought which in itself is planetary.

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“Police power is emergency power, always” – profiling, state power, and drones


A report from a recent conference on ‘Reconfiguring Global Space’ in Bloomington.

Originally posted on For Another Critique of the Pyramid:

The title for this post comes from Tyler Wall’s talk at the aforementioned “Reconfiguring Global Space” conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Priya Satia, Tyler Wall, Geoff Boyce, and Mark Neocleous presented in the first session on the first day of the conference. Their papers introduced a theme or line of questions that ran through our discussions in the subsequent days. In what sense are drones distinctive? Are drones better understood as instantiations of a longer running police logic? Wall’s argument – “drone strikes are a genus of police violence” – was most clearly inspired by Neocleous’ publications (e.g., The Fabrication of Social Order). Presenters later in the week would find inspiration elsewhere. For example, Andrea Miller would read Louise Amore’s work on the ontology of association undergirding preemptive governance of the incalculable to put her finger on the “drone logic” of domestic policing.

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Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures: The Case of Heidegger and Foucault (2014)


Details of a new book on Heidegger and Foucault, with a link to a review.

Originally posted on Foucault News:

Arun Iyer, Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures The Case of Heidegger and Foucault. Bloomsbury, 2014

See also Review by H.A. Nethery at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

By systematically uncovering and comprehensively examining the epistemological implications of Heidegger’s history of being and Foucault’s archaeology of discursive formations, Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures shows how Heidegger and Foucault significantly expand the notions of knowledge and thought. This is done by tracing their path-breaking responses to the question: What is the object of thought? The book shows how for both thinkers thought is not just the act by which the object is represented in an idea, and knowledge not just a state of the mind of the individual subject corresponding to the object. Each thinker, in his own way, argues that thought is a productive event in which the subject and the object gain their respective identity and knowledge is the opening…

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Putting Urban Planning on the Couch: review forum on Westin’s The Paradoxes of Planning


A review forum at Society and Space.

Originally posted on Society and space:

9781409448037.PPC_Series 1357Jamie Doucette (University of Manchester) and Christian Abrahamsson (University of Oslo) organized an author-meets-critics forum on Sara Westin’s book The Paradoxes of Planning: A Psycho-Analytical Perspective (Ashgate, 2014) for the Chicago AAG earlier this year. Three reviews of the book are posted on the open site by Andrew ShmuelyJesse Proudfoot, and Mark Davidson, with an introduction to the forum provided by Jamie Doucette and Sara Westin’s reply.

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Top posts on Progressive Geographies this week

Another quiet week on the blog, with not many new posts. I was in Paris most of the week, working at the Bibliothèque Nationale on Foucault’s papers. More in an update on the book soon.

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Michael Jacobs on Las Meninas


Jeremy Crampton links to a Michael Jacobs piece on Velázquez in The Observer.

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The writer Michael Jacobs (who died in January 2014) has a piece in today’s Observer about Las Meninas, the famous 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez analyzed by Foucault in The Order of Things. Several very nice details from the painting are reproduced. Apparently this is an extract from his last book.

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Books received – Shakespeare, Foucault, and Chaturvedi and Doyle’s Climate Terror

2015-07-24 14.15.27Books received – mainly in recompense for review work for Palgrave. These are the last eight volumes of the RSC Shakespeare series and Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle’s Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate ChangeAlso another copy of Foucault’s L’archéologie du savoir which I bought in Paris – I was reading an early draft of the book and wanted to check some things.

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Two posts on writing at The Sociological Imagination and An und für sich

Two posts on writing at The Sociological Imagination and An und für sich.

The first talks about writing being disconnected from the internet, and whether this works for different writers or not. It’s written by David Beer, reflecting on the process used by the novelist Iain Rankin. The second talks about the question of mood relating to finishing a project, written by Adam Kotsko. Both are well worth reading – the second fits with some of my own recent thinking having brought one project to a finish and beginning another (or two); the first was interesting as this week I was working in the Bibliothèque Nationale manuscript room, where there was no internet signal. So I sat for almost eight hours each day – the whole time it was open, except a brief lunch break – reading Foucault’s handwritten notes. Not having the internet as a distraction – or even to check things – made me focus much more intensely on what I was doing. More on the Foucault work in a subsequent post, but for now, two interesting things to read about writing.

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David Harvey discusses his recent work at Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi (May 2015 video)

Via a comment on a post commenting on my post on writing after completing a book ms.

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