Announcements, Texts & a little Academic Pretension

Or rather: 1. Announcement 2. A Response to a Little Academic Pretension 3. Some “Speculative” Texts.   Anyway, this announcement has been floating around at various sites, but I thought I’d throw it up here anyway.  It’s an interesting new series that may just be able to break the monotony of academic pageantry (I’m quite optimistic this evening, it would seem, but the proposal does specifically ask for “gamblers”).

New Metaphysics

Series editors: Graham Harman and Bruno Latour

The world is due for a resurgence of original speculative metaphysics. The New Metaphysics series aims to provide a safe house for such thinking amidst the demoralizing caution and prudence of professional academic philosophy. We do not aim to bridge the analytic-continental divide, since we are equally impatient with nail-filing analytic critique and the continental reverence for dusty textual monuments. We favor instead the spirit of the intellectual gambler, and wish to discover and promote authors who meet this description. Like an emergent recording company, what we seek are traces of a new metaphysical “sound” from any nation of the world. The editors are open to translations of neglected metaphysical classics, and will consider secondary works of special force and daring. But our main interest is to stimulate the birth of disturbing masterpieces of twenty-first century philosophy. Please send project descriptions (not full manuscripts) to Graham Harman,

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Новогодний Подарок: Андрей Синявский, Иван-Дурак

Нашел в сети файл замечательной книги Синявского – Иван-дурак: Очерк русской народной веры – файл по всей видимости сделан на основе оригинала, но без прямого сканирования страниц – читайте, с Новым годом всех русскоязычных читателей.

For the English-speaking readers, this Derrida/Cherif conversation – Islam and the West – can found here.

(Future) New Book: Pinkard’s Translation of Phenomenology of Spirit

I couldn’t quite tell when the translation is going to come out, but the bilingual draft of the whole thing is available on Pinkard’s website – a pretty cool format with English and German on the same page, I’m assuming it’s not going to be published that way. Take a look.

Agamben’s New(ish) Book.

Not having the extraordinary ability to learn Italian in a month, like Adam Kotsko, and I am not being sarcastic here, learning languages is not something that comes easy to the mere mortal like myself, I have finally purchased the book in French translation. Since Kotsko already successfully summarized the content for the masses, a great achievement, I say, again, without a hint of sarcasm (but, apparently, with a lot of commas), I am eager to read the book, yet I wonder if there is an English translation in the works? Or Russian? Anyone? There is a German translation with its awesome-sounding title – Das Reich und die Herrlichkeit – but I bet Russian translation will appear much later than English, there doesn’t seem to be much market for that type of books there…

Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius (New Book)

Theodor W. Adorno

One Last Genius

Detlev Claussen

Translated by Rodney Livingstone