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Self-governing as doubling?


The assumption of ‘self governing’ requires a doubling of sorts.  Must it be built on a splitting of the self into its governing and the governed elements, into subject and object, into soul as separate from the body.  To become an ethical subject capable of governing me as an ethical object, I should be able to step away from myself. Rhetorical consistency requires […]

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Individual-Communal tension and argument for citizenship in ‘Islamdom’


Nawaf Salam, a Lebanese diplomat/scholar, claims that ‘Orientalist’ scholarship, including of course the work of Bernard Lewis I cited earlier on this blog, makes a mistake in claiming that Islam privileges communal over individual. Since modern notions of citizenship privilege individual liberty, it follows that a discourse puts premium on communal identity is in conflict […]

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Public Sphere as transient and contingent on action


More on public sphere, this time from Hannah Arendt [HA]. [The other related posts that you may want to see are this, this, this, and this.] HA deliberated much on public sphere and the idea of citizenship. Her book The Human Condition is worth laying your hands on if you are interested in debates related to public sphere […]

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The Meaning of Privatization


Most of us keep using the term ‘privatisation’ as if it has one meaning. The article that I link below is a fine informative piece on the ‘theory and rhetoric of privatisation’ in the Western societies. But we need to recognise that in some societies the state and politics worked to to protect the ‘private […]

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Public/Private distinction in Islam


The distinction between the public and private spheres is at the heart of modernity. Western political systems jealously guard and uphold this distinction. The Western political thought is organised around this duality and the debates typically focus on which aspects of individual, social and political experiences of the society are to be assigned to public […]

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Liberty, Justice and Education: A Leaf from Amartya Sen’s ‘Development as Freedom’


The last post focused on the concepts of liberty.  Why did I even get there? All because of back and forth in response to an article written and posted on his Facebook page by my friend Faisal Bari.  The article was also posted on this blog and you can read it here if you haven’t […]

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Are Your Political Opponents Crazy? – NYTimes.com


From the ‘stone’ in NYT.  Gary Gutting uses the distinction between Sophia and Phronesis to tell us when to call our ‘political opponent crazy.’ My point can also be helpfully expressed in some terminology due to Aristotle. Sophia (roughly, theoretical knowledge), he says, grasps universal truths, whereas phronesis (roughly, good practical judgment) is required to properly […]

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A Question about the Class Divide and its Exploitation? | Slavoj Žižek | guardian.co.uk


Slavoj Zizek again!  Please do not think that I belong to the fan club of a particular philosopher, in this case Zizek.  I, am, however, tracking Zizek’s articles, since he, for one, is usually saying and doing something unexpected and subversive.  In the article that I refer below, he uses NYT reporting of the 2009 […]

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Glenn Beck likens Norwegian dead to Hitler youth | Media | The Guardian


Glenn Beck does it again!  Read the Guardian report below, particularly its last paragraph: Glenn Beck, the rightwing US broadcaster and Tea Party favourite, has compared those who were massacred on the Norwegian island of Utøya to the Nazi party’s youth wing. “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like […]

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A life in writing: Slavoj Žižek | Culture | The Guardian


Don’t know why, but I loved this line from Zizek in this recent interview for guardian. Let’s speak frankly, no bullshit, most of the left hates me even though I am supposed to be one of the world’s leading communist intellectuals. via A life in writing: Slavoj Žižek | Culture | The Guardian. Also, [speaking to […]

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