Mark Bahnisch Phd Final Seminar

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Published on November 12, 2008

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Slides for my PhD final seminar at QUT - 13 November 2008.

Mark Bahnisch Final Seminar – PhD 13 November 2008 The Phenomenology of Utopia: Reframing Political Sociology Humanities Program, Queensland University of Technology

Contexts I The end of the Cold War political imaginary Globalisation – not a useful social scientific concept – an ideologeme but also a social fact Constatives and performatives – the closure of the political imaginary Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” as a symptom But there is a real question – the question of universals and anti-systemic action Reframing political sociology – a phenomenology of the limits of the political and of performative invocations or injunctions

The end of the Cold War political imaginary

Globalisation – not a useful social scientific concept – an ideologeme but also a social fact

Constatives and performatives – the closure of the political imaginary

Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” as a symptom

But there is a real question – the question of universals and anti-systemic action

Reframing political sociology – a phenomenology of the limits of the political and of performative invocations or injunctions

Contexts II A sociological question – the relation between the discursive field of the political and the possibilities of social action Walter Benjamin’s Theses as a parable A Weberian question – living for and off politics Political desires and affects Teleology, time, meaning, history Not universal laws but quasi-transcendental structures of experience (and action) The gesture towards utopia and the novum as a horizon of present (im)possibility

A sociological question – the relation between the discursive field of the political and the possibilities of social action

Walter Benjamin’s Theses as a parable

A Weberian question – living for and off politics

Political desires and affects

Teleology, time, meaning, history

Not universal laws but quasi-transcendental structures of experience (and action)

The gesture towards utopia and the novum as a horizon of present (im)possibility

Method and epistemology Performativities of the text The positioning/s of the researcher Value-neutrality but an engaged critical sociology Montaigne, Simmel and Benjamin as exemplars – shards and constellations of meaning Tikkun and the labour of the social theorist A prolegomena not a closed thesis Reading theorists as sociology and as sociological artifacts The role of the hypothesis or the wager Truth, adequation and concepts

Performativities of the text

The positioning/s of the researcher

Value-neutrality but an engaged critical sociology

Montaigne, Simmel and Benjamin as exemplars – shards and constellations of meaning

Tikkun and the labour of the social theorist

A prolegomena not a closed thesis

Reading theorists as sociology and as sociological artifacts

The role of the hypothesis or the wager

Truth, adequation and concepts

Thinking the political imaginary Cornelius Castoriadis and the social imaginary Claude Lefort – the political foundation of the social – the political problematises the social The universal is a socially-instituted mediation which gives sense to the fragments of the social – a representation or an imaginary signification. Temporalising the political – maintaining history as iterative rather than progressive The utopian imaginary – an elective affinity Castoriadis – the autonomy of imagination is the precondition of radical creativity

Cornelius Castoriadis and the social imaginary

Claude Lefort – the political foundation of the social – the political problematises the social

The universal is a socially-instituted mediation which gives sense to the fragments of the social – a representation or an imaginary signification.

Temporalising the political – maintaining history as iterative rather than progressive

The utopian imaginary – an elective affinity

Castoriadis – the autonomy of imagination is the precondition of radical creativity

Quasi-transcendentals I “Religion without religion” Political concepts as secularised theological concepts Against secularisation theory – Charles Taylor’s “disembedding” – “the greater the gods are, the freer humans are” (Gauchet)

“Religion without religion”

Political concepts as secularised theological concepts

Against secularisation theory – Charles Taylor’s “disembedding” – “the greater the gods are, the freer humans are” (Gauchet)

Quasi-transcendentals II The ghosts of Jacques Derrida Derrida and the lineages of phenomenology; deconstruction as a “Jewish science” Thought at its limits The work of the negative – no sublation, no synthesis but a forcing of concepts together into a constellation A double movement of veiling and unveiling – a revelation, an apocalypse

The ghosts of Jacques Derrida

Derrida and the lineages of phenomenology; deconstruction as a “Jewish science”

Thought at its limits

The work of the negative – no sublation, no synthesis but a forcing of concepts together into a constellation

A double movement of veiling and unveiling – a revelation, an apocalypse

Minor traditions Jewish utopics at the beginning of the short Twentieth Century The excarnation of Christian soteriology The fissure between the political and the social – the “always already there” and the “yet to be realised” – an originary oscillation “ An infinite hope, but not for us” – Kabbalistic messianisms Walter Benjamin and the particular universal – against the Hegelian determinate universal Zakhor! Benjamin’s Katechon – flashes of light dispelling the darkness – diachrony in time and history

Jewish utopics at the beginning of the short Twentieth Century

The excarnation of Christian soteriology

The fissure between the political and the social – the “always already there” and the “yet to be realised” – an originary oscillation

“ An infinite hope, but not for us” – Kabbalistic messianisms

Walter Benjamin and the particular universal – against the Hegelian determinate universal

Zakhor! Benjamin’s Katechon – flashes of light dispelling the darkness – diachrony in time and history

Introducing intersubjectivity Benjamin’s poetics of politics, Derrida as the “Last Jew” or as a Marrano But what of intersubjectivity? Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s political theory The necessity of a philosophical anthropology Contingency, subjectivity, history – the modern subject as turning away, forgetting An escape from Marxism And thus the necessity for the political decision

Benjamin’s poetics of politics, Derrida as the “Last Jew” or as a Marrano

But what of intersubjectivity?

Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s political theory

The necessity of a philosophical anthropology

Contingency, subjectivity, history – the modern subject as turning away, forgetting

An escape from Marxism

And thus the necessity for the political decision

Recovering the political at the end of history Carl Schmitt and Jacques Derrida – a sociology of the political concept and a symptomatology of the times (out of joint) An agonistic political and the undecideability of political signifiers; and intersubjectivity Weaving together the threads – temporalising the political through articulating minor traditions to the empty place of the universal

Carl Schmitt and Jacques Derrida – a sociology of the political concept and a symptomatology of the times (out of joint)

An agonistic political and the undecideability of political signifiers; and intersubjectivity

Weaving together the threads – temporalising the political through articulating minor traditions to the empty place of the universal

Contributions of the thesis and directions for future research The contribution of the method The contribution of the argument and the readings Towards applying a phenomenological sociology to the “global political” Lines of flight…

The contribution of the method

The contribution of the argument and the readings

Towards applying a phenomenological sociology to the “global political”

Lines of flight…

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