A Shift in Focus back to Poetry and Rationality (With focus on Continental Philosophy): Reader input? And Announcements

I will be continuing my interview series on radical thinking and on skeptical thinking, but I am thinking that I am moving away from political philosophy constantly. My line is increasingly that of the an Adorno-influenced post-Trotskyist Marxist. Post-Trotskyists in that while I find that Trotsky was one of the most insightful thinkers in the Marxist tradition, the “actually existing in our time” Trotskyist tradition is in such opportunistic disarray that I can’t count myself as an wanting full comradeship in any Trotskyist organization at the current although there are a few of them that I wouldn’t necessarily oppose. The sectarian nature of the 35 Fourth Internationals and it’s nine million parallel tendencies is exhausting.

Anyway, I will be working with Douglas Lain on a new project on the history and state of the contemporary left, which may have interviews and other things within it. IT will probably be released in podcast form. I have appeared on Douglas Lain’s podcast in the last month, and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to do a spin-off Therefore, my commentary on politics will be moved to that realm for the most part. Honestly, I am getting exhausted by commenting on politics and my political exploration is settling down into a set view, but still flexible, view. So a podcast and a blog focusing on politics will tire me out: the politics here will probably be limited to the interview series.

So I will be discussing differing views of rationality, and differing views on aesthetics, with some, albeit less, commentary on politics.

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Posted on June 22, 2012, in news. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Did you ever consider Marxism-Leninism or Maoism?

  2. Trotskyism is the stained sweatpants of Communism. Once you go Trot, you’ve basically given up.

  3. Looking forward for your posts on rationality and aesthetics

  4. I have considered it. However, Maoism is all over the map these days. After both Nepal and the koe joining Syriza, actually existing Maoist organizations have degenerated a good bit.

  5. Geoffrey Bell

    Judith Balso’s research explores the question of what poetry can teach philosophy. According to her, Pessoa’s poetry is a reaction to a crisis in philosophy.

  6. This is interesting, care to go on?

  7. I have to find my notes on Pressoa’s poetry.
    But here are some questions Balso is asking…
    What can poets teach philosophy about being?
    What can poetry teach philosophy about language?
    What can poetry teach philosophy about thinking?
    philosophy comes after the existence where truth exists (truth being love, science, art and politics according to Badiou)
    Poetry thinks of itself. It is an unconscious thought of being. It has no access to itself. The poem writes the poet. The idea that poetry is imitating the world is a reductionist answer. But it is impossible for poetry to speak about an alternative world. “The limits of my language are the limits of my world”. While Heidegger thinks language is the shelter, house (prison?) of being, poetry reveals the true way of being. Heidegger thinks poets and philosophers are living near each other but on different mountains. What is the relation between poetry and art? Art has forms but poetry has no forms and is infinite. Art is not a problem for philosophy but poetry is a problem because of words. Language is violent. To have language is political. It gets infected by violence. However, poetry says what math can’t say. Math is language without violence. As Lacan would say, language rips us from the real. Strategies are built into language. In poetry, each poetic tongue has no internal metaphor. Poetry is multi-dimensional. Poems invent their own poetry expressing itself through itself.

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