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John Protevi
Baton Rouge LA
I'm a philosopher, though I work in a French department.
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We stand in solidarity with Jason Stanley and Rebecca Kukla. They have unjustly been subjected to waves of online harassment produced by twisting their meaning and feeding their names to legions of online haters. Their support of colleagues, pointing out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
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Let's distinguish doxxing from signal-boosting, as the RC people would like us to do. Doxxing is two-fold: 1) revealing the real identity of someone using an anonymous or pseudonymous screen name, or 2) making public what is private. Signal-boosting is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
This piece, entitled "Homophobia and the Limits of Scientific Philosophy" by Martin Pleitz is a fine paper on Swinburne's "disability" claim. It's relevant, because if Swinburne had stuck to a claim about the immorality of homosexuality, none of this controversy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
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The ISA instructing us to trust the RSA, to believe its "official accounts," is nothing new (as below). John Drabinski asks us to consider whether there isn't now an additional imperative that the RSA must be loved. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
In a number of discussions of the use of the robot-delivered bomb in Dallas to kill Micah Johnson, I've seen some folks say it was justified, because, in addition to the present risk posed by Johnson, "he had already killed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
Thank you for this tribute to a wonderful person, Eric. My sincere condolences.
Of all the reactions to this NYT Stone column saying that if philosophy won't "diversify," then we should rename philosophy departments as "Dept of European and American Philosophy," I thought John Drabinski's post distinguishing the decolonializing project from "diversity" approaches... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
What I like in this piece by John McWhorter about the Yale president's decision to keep the name of Calhoun College is the author's insistence that we can make judgments, draw lines, and discuss particular cases. We can thereby resist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
LSU Distinguished Research Master Award 2015 April 20, 2016 John Protevi Phyllis M Taylor Professor of French Studies and Professor of Philosophy I am deeply honored to receive this award before so many friends and colleagues at the university that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at John Protevi's Blog
Thank you for these reflections, Marcus. I highly recommend this essay by Chris Newfield on points 1 and 2 above: https://profession.commons.mla.org/2015/12/16/the-humanities-as-service-departments-facing-the-budget-logic/ The blog to which Newfield contributes: http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/ Newfield's home page, with links to his excellent books: https://www.english.ucsb.edu/people/newfield-christopher (_Ivy and Industry_ and _Unmaking the Public University_ are essential reading IMO). My two cents: http://www.newappsblog.com/2012/12/changing-our-frame-of-reference-from-job-market-to-political-economy-of-philosophy-instruction.html
Notes on James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale University Press, 2009). Scott describes a multiplicity with topographical / transport-technological, political-economic, political-organizational, administrative, and violence elements. A multiplicity is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Notes on James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale University Press, 2009). PRINCIPLES OF ANALYSIS I will rearrange the order of presentation in the Preface to emphasize some connections of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Yesterday I had the chance to participate in a pre-publication workshop on a book by Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers of NYU. The book concerns concepts of integration and individuality in early 20th century medicine, with special attention to military... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
FOUCAULT 7/13: RESONANCE WITH DELEUZE In last night’s seminar Adam Tooze referred to Deleuze’s reading of Foucault. In this note I’d like to propose that we can see elements of Deleuze’s thought in Foucault's lectures in the mid-to-late 1970s. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Notes on meeting 6/13 (video), Monday 23 November 2015, on “Society Must Be Defended," of the Foucault 13/13 seminar held at Columbia. I’d like to make two comments here. --- First, about the “boomerang effect” (SD 103): seminar participants mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Blurb for the English translation of Jesús Navarro's book on the missed encounter of Derrida and Searle (Spanish original is here; the translation will appear with John Benjamins). --- Jesús Navarro’s fine book stages the non-encounter of Searle and Derrida.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
I recently met Eric Swanson at the conference on Jason Stanley's work in Valladolid (where I presented this paper). We had some very nice discussions about the paper he presented there entitled "Slurs and Ideologies" (latest version here [in PDF]).... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Alva Noë, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (NY: Hill and Wang, 2015). In this note, I want to focus on the notion of a “writerly attitude” in the key Chapter 4 of Strange Tools, “Art Loops and the Garden... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
In an email earlier today to faculty and staff of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced the approval of a negotiated settlement with Dr. Steven Salaita, whose offer of appointment as an Associate Professor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Steven Salaita has settled his suit against Illinois. While I was not in any sense the "director" or what have you of the philosopher's boycott, I was a catalyst, so I think I should say something here. Unfortunately, there was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Alva Noë, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (NY: Hill and Wang, 2015). In this note, I want to focus on the presentation of philosophy as a “level 2 reorganization practice” in Strange Tools. Chapter 4 of ST is entitled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Alva Noë, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (NY: Hill and Wang, 2015). In this brief note, I want to focus on the idea of “organization” Noë puts forth here in his wonderful new book. He opens the book with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog
Great talk by Professor Catherine Hall of UCL at CUNY yesterday (Oct 1, 2015). Just a few observations / developments on the theme of disavowal: 1) Hall pointed out a move by Locke: Africans did the enslaving via right of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at John Protevi's Blog