grapes of math
grapes of math

grapes of math

PhD student in philosophy of religion, interested mainly in the non-thematic appropriation of models of sacrifice from Christianity in the work of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Bataille. Other interests include PBR, rock and roll, townes van zandt, karaoke, death. I live in the windy city with my girlfriend, a cat, and a dog. I don't own anything posted on here unless otherwise specified.
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Sure!  It is interesting, indeed.
Idolatry, by Moshe Halbertal and Avishai Margalit (transl. NaomiGoldblum)
De Doctrina Christiana and The Confessions by Augustine
Lectures on Isaiah, by Marin Luther (LW v17)
The Humiliation of the World
The Meaning of the City
and The Technological Bluff
by Jacques Ellul
We’ve also looked at Parmendies, Xenophanes, and Plato as critics of  the poets/myths of Ancient Greece (Homer, Hesiod) and connecting the critiques of Idolatry therein with the emergence of natural science.
yo, can you list some books or papers from the Idolatry syllabus? Sounds like an interesting topic
Hey!  Its coming along very well, thank you!
I am sitting in on a class about the history of the concept of idolatry right now and am TA’ing a class about Philosophy and Religion and Theology from Kant till the early 20th Century.  It’s been a lot of fun.
I hope you are doing well!!
Hi, how’s the PhD coming along?

I forgot that I had a tumblr until I got a follower today for the first time in fuck knows how long.

hi, tumblr.


well, i don’t know if it was really finished, but i finally turned in my paper on lacan (only two months late!)

now its on to heidegger and hegel —hopefully i can at least get it drafted before classes start.


So close

I am within striking distance of finishing this paper on Lacan.  I even have  a title now: “The Colophon of Doubt is Part of the Text: Dialectics of Consciousness in Lacan and Idealism.”  Just a few more paragraphs to conclude and I’m home free to start editing and working up the citations.

I must say, Lacan (along with Hegel) is the most difficult thinker I have ever engaged at length.  I have never encountered any thinker whose writings are composed of such multifarious technical concepts, nor of such intricate interrelation.  Lacan’s work slides from term to term —each notion demanding the examination of the other until eventually one begins to wonder where the final, authoritative argument, foundation, or necessity lies.  But this is just the performative genius of Lacan’s discourse.  It functions as a repetition of the very therapeutic process which gives it its impetus —the “liquidation” of transference.  In “working through” the text, one is mapping and re-mapping a network of signifiers until one realizes that there is no “center:” Lacan himself is not an Other invested with full metaphysical authority such that the law of the signifier and the interpretive process can be ruptured and the process of interpretation can be “completed.”  Neither Lacan, nor Freud can serve as a sort of psychoanalytic replacement for the Cartesian God.

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