Living Praxis and Ancient Philosophy

Philosophy that we are studying is not a linear phenomena. There have been several exchanges and transpositions and gigantic metaphora in which all forms of structures and elements of thought have crossed each other. In this exchange there have been loses as well as gains. When Greek thought encountered the Latin or Roman thought, there was mistranslation due to...

Dying and Living

Philosophy and death are linked in more than one interesting ways. Cicero says that to philosophize is to prepare for our death. This is thought to be so because thought and reflection takes us out of our body. It may be that wisdom stays at the edge of life . We need to know to die to know to...

Archeologies and Genealogies of Philosophy

As we began to approach the modern era, doing philosophy was a task of a vagabond and out-law. One had to cross boundaries and enter cross-roads as a thinker. Against this novelty seeking effort of the philosophers, came a book, Principles of Philosophy, that denounced philosophers who crossed borders and sought to put the house of philosophy in order...

Histor(ies) of Philosophy and Historiography

Every intellectual work has a sense of the past. It is made of several adventures, original sins, discoveries, disputes, decisive battles, that lead up to the present state of affairs . Here, we draw our attention to an intellectual work that we call history. Often, this sense of the past is linear and progressive. Moreover, linearity is privileged and...

Other Writings

One of the puzzles that I faced is that some of my friends have told me that my writings are difficult to understand. Although, sentences and words that I write hang together, somehow they say that it is difficult to decipher the meaning of the texts. This lack of transparency does haunt my writings. This may be because my...

Ethics of Sharing

Emanuel Levinas begins his ethics basing himself on call of the Other. Martin Heidegger seems to start the same from the deep inner voice of conscience that calls the falling-self back to authentic life. Away from this two approaches, Jean-Luc Nancy has a starting point in the potentiality of relationality. Rather than starting with the primacy of the Other...

Between the Mathematical and the Numerical

The numbers are mathematical. But the mathematical is not numerical. This means the mathematical is not reduceable to numbers. When we see things quantitatively, we tend to think that numbers correspond to things. Often, we confuse the forest for trees. The mathematical is the forest and the numbers are merely the trees. In our everyday world, the forest stands...

Toward the measure of Politics

Is there a relationship between politics and number? Is politics founded in our ability to measure? These questions are very important because we in India are facing an important predicament today. The supreme court has outlawed electoral bonds. The way resistance is being built to their public disclosure has raised the question of relations between politics and numbers. Democracy...

Deconstruction and Sex

Jean-Luc Nancy deconstructs sex. What does deconstruction tell us about sex other than psychoanalysis? Nancy took up the thinking of sex at a time of ‘me too’ movement in Europe and the scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church ( somewhere around 2018). He thinks deconstruction can enable us to think sex. For Jacques Derrida, deconstruction is a...

Philosophy, Community and Democracy

With communism losing currency, philosophers like Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Blanchot thought it fit to examine the very basis of community. The notion of community is operative in everyday life but has several layers of meanings. It has religious, linguistic, national , ethnic, economic, regional, gender , racial, caste tinges of meanings. Hence, we might say that the way...

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Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

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