Theory & Philosophy
Jacques Derrida’s “Cogito and the History of Madness”

Jacques Derrida’s “Cogito and the History of Madness”

January 16, 2021

In this episode, I tackle Jacques Derrida's "Cogito and History of Madness" which is Derrida's critique of Michel Foucault's use of René Descartes.

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Derrida vs. Foucault

Derrida vs. Foucault

January 12, 2021

In this episode, I prepare for what will follow for the next two weeks: an elaboration on the conflict between Derrida and Foucault on the topic of mad-identified people.

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Sherene Razack’s “The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power”

Sherene Razack’s “The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power”

January 9, 2021

In this episode, I present Sherene Razack's "The Body as Placeless: Memorializing Colonial Power," a very important text exploring the ongoing colonization of Indigenous bodies in Canada.

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Slavoj Žižek’s “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce”

Slavoj Žižek’s “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce”

January 2, 2021

In this episode, I present Slavoj Žižek's "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce." I'm hard on Žižek here, but in any case this text serves as a good introduction to his philosophy.

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Criticizing “Conspiracism” (Rosenblum and Muirhead)

Criticizing “Conspiracism” (Rosenblum and Muirhead)

December 19, 2020

Something a little different this week (don't worry, this won't be a trend). I just thought I would upload a talk I gave that relates to my dissertation work. Specifically, I argue here about the limitations of Nancy L. Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead notion of "conspiracism" in their book, A Lot of People are Saying.

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What are Conspiracy Panics? | Jack Z. Bratich | Keyword

What are Conspiracy Panics? | Jack Z. Bratich | Keyword

December 16, 2020

In this episode, I take a little detour through my own research to present Jack Z. Bratich's idea of "conspiracy panics."

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Michel Foucault’s “What is an Author?”

Michel Foucault’s “What is an Author?”

December 12, 2020

In this episode, I present Michel Foucault's brilliant but complicated essay, "What is an Author?"

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What is the Social? | Hannah Arendt | Keyword

What is the Social? | Hannah Arendt | Keyword

December 8, 2020

In this episode, I present Hannah Arendt's notion of the "social."

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Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control”

Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control”

December 5, 2020

In this episode, I cover Gilles Deleuze's short essay, "Postscript on the Societies if Control." I'm pretty hard on Deleuze here, and am therefore very open to alternative views about what Deleuze is doing here!

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What is The Public Sphere? | Jürgen Habermas | Keyword

What is The Public Sphere? | Jürgen Habermas | Keyword

December 1, 2020

In this episode, I explain what Jürgen Habermas means by the "public sphere."

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Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 2/2)

Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 2/2)

November 28, 2020

In this episode, I continue my two-part presentation of "Of Grammatology," Jacques Derrida's inaugural text to place him among the ranks of Foucault, Bourdieu, Lefebvre, Deleuze and others.

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What is Ideology? | Louis Althusser | Keyword

What is Ideology? | Louis Althusser | Keyword

November 25, 2020

In this episode, I explain Ideology according to Louis Althusser.

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Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 1/2)

Jacques Derrida’s “Of Grammatology” (Part 1/2)

November 21, 2020

In this episode, I begin my two-part presentation of "Of Grammatology," Jacques Derrida's inaugural text to place him among the ranks of Foucault, Bourdieu, Lefebvre, Deleuze and others.

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What is Biopolitics? | Michel Foucault | Keyword

What is Biopolitics? | Michel Foucault | Keyword

November 19, 2020

In this episode, I present what Michel Foucault means by biopolitics and biopower.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “On the Origin of Language”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “On the Origin of Language”

November 14, 2020

I present Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "On the Origin of Language" as a preliminary reading for Jacques Derrida's "Of Grammatology" premiering next week!

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What is Deconstruction? | Jacques Derrida | Keyword

What is Deconstruction? | Jacques Derrida | Keyword

November 10, 2020

In this episode, I try to explain provide an introduction to Deconstruction.

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Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza”

Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza”

November 7, 2020

In this episode, I present Gloria Anzaldúa's "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza," a seminal text not only for Chicana and Latina feminism, but for all of us.

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What is Ressentiment? | Friedrich Nietzsche | Keyword

What is Ressentiment? | Friedrich Nietzsche | Keyword

November 3, 2020

In this episode, I provide an introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche's term, Ressentiment.

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Adrienne Rich’s “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”

Adrienne Rich’s “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”

October 31, 2020

In this episode, I present Adrienne Rich's "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" where she outlines the necessity to move beyond the assumed naturality of heterosexual couplings that limit women's possibilities at home, at work, and with their own bodies.

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What is Commodity Fetishism? | Karl Marx | Keyword

What is Commodity Fetishism? | Karl Marx | Keyword

October 27, 2020

In this episode, I outline what Karl Marx means with the term, "Commodity Fetishism."

(*Note* At around 15:30 I meant to say Smith and Ricardo, not Marx and Ricardo).

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 4/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 4/4)

October 24, 2020

In this episode, I conclude my presentation of A Thousand Plateaus covering ch. 12, "1227: Treatise on Nomadology:--The War Machine" (0:00), and ch. 14, "The Smooth and the Striated" (39:14). 

Chapters 11 and 13 I did separately, and the conclusion is more of a summary and so I don't expand upon it here. 

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My Top Theory/Philosophy Books (As of 2020)

My Top Theory/Philosophy Books (As of 2020)

October 20, 2020

Hey all! Got lots of questions about my favorite books/recommendations so here they are!

(*Note*: Fleur Jaeggy is Swiss, not Italian; she just wrote in Italian.)

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 3/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 3/4)

October 17, 2020

In this episode, I continue A Thousand Plateaus, looking at ch. 8, "1874: Three Novellas or, 'What Happened" (0:00), ch. 9, "1933" Micropolitics and Segmentarity" (18:00), and ch. 10, "1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal,-Becoming-Imperceptible..." (36:15). 

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Baudrillard vs. Deleuze & Guattari

Baudrillard vs. Deleuze & Guattari

October 14, 2020

In this episode, I present some of the disagreements between the work of Baudrillard and Deleuze/Guattari.

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 2/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 2/4)

October 10, 2020

In this episode, I continue presenting A Thousand Plateaus, covering chapter 4: "Nov. 20, 1923: Postulates of Linguistics" (0:00), chapter 5: "587 B.C.-70 A.D.: On Several Regimes of Signs" (25:15), chapter 6: "Nov. 28, 1947: How do you Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?" (43:25), and chapter 7: "Year One: Faciality" (53:18). 

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Dialectic | Plato, Kant, Hegel, Marx | Keyword

Dialectic | Plato, Kant, Hegel, Marx | Keyword

October 7, 2020

In this episode, I present what the "dialectic" is. I present its variations across the history of philosophy from Plato to Marx to supply you with the most holistic presentation that I am capable of presenting at this moment.

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Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 1/4)

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus” (Part 1/4)

October 3, 2020

In this episode, I begin my presentation of Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus by covering chapter 1, "Introduction: Rhizome" (0:00), chapter 2, "1914: One or Severeal Wolves?" (15:25) and chapter 3, "10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals (Who Does the Earth Think it is?)" (24:12).

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Baudrillard vs. Foucault

Baudrillard vs. Foucault

October 1, 2020

In this episode, I present an introduction to the differences (and similarities) between Baudrillard and Foucault. I really want to stress that I only gloss over the issue here and may do a follow up in the future.

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Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”

Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”

September 26, 2020

In this episode, I present Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto" where she argues for a cyborg united politics to combat the structuring tendencies of capitalism and patriarchy. 

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Performativity | Judith Butler | Keyword

Performativity | Judith Butler | Keyword

September 21, 2020
In this episode, I try to explain Judith Butler's idea of performativity.
 
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Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgment” (Part 2/2)

Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgment” (Part 2/2)

September 19, 2020

In this episode, I present the second part of "Critique of Judgment," specifically titled, "Critique of Teleological Judgment." It is here that Kant tries to look beyond the world as governed solely by the law of cause and effect to consider the possibility of ends, and the likelihood of a divine author that they necessarily imply. 

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Baudrillard and War

Baudrillard and War

September 13, 2020

In this episode, I try to explain Baudrillard's theories about war, paying specific attention to his writings on the Vietnam, Gulf, and Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgment” (Part 1/2)

Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgment” (Part 1/2)

September 12, 2020

In this episode, I present the first half of "Critique of Judgment" that covers the "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment." Here Kant expounds upon the aesthetic judgments of the beautiful and the sublime, suggesting that our capacity for aesthetic judgment marks a points of contact between the phenomenal and noumenal worlds.

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Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Practical Reason”

Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Practical Reason”

September 5, 2020

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In this episode, I present Immanuel Kant's 2nd critique, the Critique of Practical Reason, paying attention to his understanding of freedom and its association with the moral law.

“Power in Modernity:” A Conversation with Dr. Isaac Ariail Reed

“Power in Modernity:” A Conversation with Dr. Isaac Ariail Reed

August 29, 2020

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In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Isaac Ariail Reed, Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, to discuss his most recent book, Power in Modernity: Agency Relations and the Creative Destruction of the King’s Two Bodies.

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Agency relations and the creative destruction of the King’s two bodies

https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo48408506.html

Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the use of theory in the human sciences

https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/I/bo11636599.html

“Deep culture in action: resignification, synecdoche, and metanarrative in the moral panic of the Salem Witch Trials”

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11186-014-9241-4

Isaac Ariail Reed and Julia Adams, “Culture in Transitions to Modernity: Seven pillars of a new research agenda”

https://sociology.yale.edu/sites/default/files/reed_adams_theory_and_society_2011_1.pdf 

Saadat Hasan Manto & India/Pakistan Partition

Saadat Hasan Manto & India/Pakistan Partition

August 22, 2020

In this episode, I'm joined by Deeplina, doctoral student in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Western Ontario to discuss the work of Saadat Hasan Manto and its connection with the India/Pakistan Partition.

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Panopticon | Michel Foucault | Keyword

Panopticon | Michel Foucault | Keyword

August 19, 2020

In this episode, I present Michel Foucault's theory of the Panopticon.

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Immanuel Kant’s “Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals”

Immanuel Kant’s “Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals”

August 15, 2020

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In this episode, I present "Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals," a necessary read to comprehend the movement that Kant makes from the Critique of Pure Reason to the Critique of Practical Reason. 

Transcendental Idealism | Immanuel Kant | Keyword

Transcendental Idealism | Immanuel Kant | Keyword

August 12, 2020

In this episode, I present Immanuel Kant's idea of Transcendental Idealism.

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Gayatri Spivak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak”

Gayatri Spivak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak”

August 8, 2020

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In this episode, I turn my attention to Gayatri Spivak's "Can the Subaltern Speak," a seminal text in the field of post-colonial studies. Spivak argues that between patriarchal and imperial forces, subaltern people--women, specifically--are denied the capacity to speak. 

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