Jan 17, 2019
“Isn’t this desire for objectivity a modernist sentiment?” - VP
“Where does one enter, and where does one exit out of the modern?” - MJ
In today's episode, we engage in a far-ranging and open-ended discussion on the question of the global with my longtime collaborator Mark Jarzombek. Circulating around the question of the larger agenda of the global, discussion topics include the modernity and its critiques, the nation-state and its limits, autobiography and its pitfalls, and what are the ways in which global thinking (dis)connects with deconstruction.
6:50 Modernism, Postmodernism, and the critical question of the “after the modern”
11:23 Modernism as dualism: the good and the bad in equal doses, continuously, vs a Hegelian dialectic (destruction at the end)
13:30 “How to develop a critique that doesn’t entrap you into being complicit in one side of the game or the other side of the game?” -MJ
‘Isn’t this desire for objectivity a modernist sentiment?’ -VP
14:26 “Where does one enter, and where does one exit out of the modern?” -MJ
17:43 Ethics, rights, powers, and personal agency
21:06 “Ethical in a particular way,” haunting to one’s subject-position
22:26 The shadowy terror of monotheism
23:35 The ‘Global’ as an ethics-opening term
28:14 “This sounds a little Hindu-ish to me, a little Vishnu,” and the conflicted presence of singular Judaism
34:36 Modernism and a vortex of non-dualities
39:06 No singular global can apply to everything
39:13 Biography as entry? Significance of personal epistemologies in critical thinking of the world.
45:35 the Post-Holocaust vs the Post-Colonial Global
1:00:20 Limitations of Derrida’s critiques: ethics and Buddha’s ear to the ground
1:03:19 “Other oralities need to be known.”: this is the global history project
1:05:33 “Writing on writing. Writing on writing on writing.” Iterations.
1:07:37 Writing corrodes oral-communicative structures