How To Lie Well: Palin Pity (Updated)

With all the Palin pity going around, especially on the conservative side, I would like to make a suggestion – Palin should not “be herself,” as some suggest, and try to wing it in the answers to the difficult questions, she should just take the whole process literally and honestly, i.e. respond what she really thinks, even if it is a simple “I dont’ know” – this way, at least according to the point that Žižek’s been emphasizing lately, she will be reacting to the system of journalistic interrogation literally, and will thus challenge the implicit rule of such an interrogation which is: Whether you know the answer or not, we want to see you try.  Now, you might ask, how exactly does this fill in the theme of “How To Lie Well” series? Let’s hear Žižek’s point first – this is from the small book on violence: Continue reading

Pelosi Hurts Feelings, Mentions A Party I Was Not Invited To, Claims It Is Now Over…

Republicans in the Congress get offended by Pelosi’s “partisan” speech, cry like babies, press wrong “Nay” buttons:

Seriously, these people need to spend more time discussing their excuses – who comes out and openly states: “We wanted to help the country, but mean Nancy was all over the Republican administration so we decided to vote against the bill out of spite?” And now angry John McCain comes out and says: “It’s all Obama’s fault” and “Now it’s not the time to blame” almost in the same sentence – how ridiculous is this? [Note to self: get more popcorn]

Žižek Might Do Opera.

A short interview with Žižek in San Francisco Chronicle – my favorite part:

Q: What’s your favorite among your books?

A: “The Indivisible Remainder.” It’s a pure comparison of Schelling and others. … Then there is the one I really did from my heart, “Opera’s Second Death,” co-written with my friend Mladen Dolar. … Michael Nyman signaled through friends that maybe he would like to do an opera that I write. I have an idea, but I don’t think he’ll go for it, it’s too crazy – to re-do “Antigone” with three alternate endings.

Opera’s Second Death is a sort of a cool book, I mean it’s just two long essays and it’s a bit unbalance since Dolar’s essay is sort of very different from Žižek’s – but I think if Žižek wrote a libretto for an opera, it might be a new venue to say basically the same things for him. Although this short Violence book mentioned in the article is a pretty easy read, I thought.

And, of course, the long-awaited political analysis: Continue reading

CFP: 11th International Kant Congress

UPDATE: For some inexplicable reason, American Society for Aesthetics, has a link to my copy of the announcement on its official website, just in case there’s any confusion, please go to the official CFP here.

During the general meeting held in Mainz on 22 October 2005 the Kant-Gesellschaft e.V. has authorized the Società Italiana di Studi Kantiani to organize in collaboration with the University of Pisa the 11th International Kant Congress in Pisa, Italy. The congress will take place from 22 to 26 May 2010. The official languages of the congress are German, English, French, and Italian. The congress will include plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers and parallel sessions followed by discussion. Simultaneous translation will be available for plenary sessions.

The general topic of the congress is “Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense“. This topic refers to the “cosmopolitan concept” (Weltbegriff, conceptus cosmicus) of philosophy. According to Kant, philosophy in a cosmopolitan sense concerns that which necessarily interests everyone. Philosophy in this sense is the “science of the relation of every cognition to the essential ends of human reason”. This cosmopolitan sense of philosophy provides the opportunity for reflection on the meaning and function of philosophy in its relation to every form of knowledge and to every aspect of human life. Continue reading