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Academic Roundup: Social control, Sartre on terrorism, emotions and the historical

The Coils of a Serpent: Haptic Space and Control Societies. [Deleuze] writes that we have learned a few things about the telos of the disciplines, but much remains to discover about the forces that control societies make us serve. What is clear is that a strategic shift in power relations is underway. (William Bogard, Ctheory)

The Unity and Difference of the Speculative and the Historical in Hegel’s Concept of Geist. While Hegel scholars overall have acknowledged that the concept of Geist (Spirit or Mind) is central to Hegel’s comprehension of history, there is some degree of controversy among commentators concerning the interpretation of this concept. (David A. Duquette, PhaenEx – PDF)

The swindle of “peace studies”. We have often had occasion to cite the famous observation of the Roman military historian Flavius Vegetius that si vis pacem, para bellum—“If you want peace, prepare for war.” Sage advice, that, even if it is regularly ignored whenever the forces of smugness and sentimentality triumph over the counsels of prudence. “Peace Department”? Where is George Orwell when you need him? Why not just call it the “Ministry of Peace” (right next door to the Ministry of Love and down the street from the Ministry of Truth) and be done with it? (The New Criterion)

On a Genealogy of the Emotions from a Rhetorical Perspective. We have been witnessing in recent decades a renewed and substantial interest in the (study of) emotions from a variety of different and divergent perspectives. This surging and exploding interest obviously makes a long overdue correction to what had been an otherwise unquestioned status quo or neglect – in which the emotions only rarely, if at all, figured in their own right as serious and worthwhile objects of inquiry. (Nader N. Chokr, Ephemera – PDF)

Sartre integrating ethics and politics: the case of terrorism. Sartre reflected on questions related to terror and terrorism throughout his career and these questions shaped his understanding of ethics and politics. In exploring these connections I link Sartre’s controversial remarks about the terrorism he observed during his lifetime to our more recent experiences of terrorism in the USA, Bali, Madrid and London. (Marguerite La Caze, Parrhesia – PDF)

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