Artifice and Agency

Monday, April 20, 2009


How are you guys finding the Foucault and new Arendt? I'm going to be distributing more Foucault, Agamben, and Ranciere Wednesday. Exciting!


  • the arendt - i felt like she kept writing the same thing over and over in every possible combination . . .

    im still gnawing my way through the foucault. more thoughts tomorrow!

    By Blogger ejdiamond, at 10:37 AM  

  • I really appreciate how you edited the Foucault down to the bare bones of what is important. It makes it digestable in small bites. This is great because I am incapable of long reading sessions this week. More later.

    By Blogger nina elder, at 3:11 PM  

  • In class we spoke a little about the fact that Foucault and Arendt are saying a lot of the same thing(s)- albeit in different ways. I got the greatest sense for this in the Panopticism chapter of Discipline/Punish. In particular, there is a section about half way down on p216 beginning w/ "A few years..." where Foucault discusses the Panopticon being more than just an architectural(designed) ingenuity.

    It also signaled the emergence of a whole (new) type of society: "To procure for a small number, or even for a single individual, the instantaneous view of the multitude." Furthermore, I see this dissolution of the community/public life in favor of the private also functioning to diminish one's ability do politics (in concert, as Arendt says) or, worse, evacuate it entirely. This same idea circulates endlessly in The Human Condition.

    Oh, what a shame that the two never had the chance to talk it out over cocktails (I think Foucault would have had a Cosmo)!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:12 PM  

  • Enjoying the reader so far this week! Could someone fill me in on who the authors are for the specific texts - I recognize the Foucault...

    By Blogger Philip, at 9:52 AM  

  • Have been pondering about Myanmar and looking for writings on violence for a long time... and didn't know this text by Arendt existed. Very happy this was assigned!

    By Blogger yvonne, at 7:10 PM  

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