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L'shana tovah, y'all

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 26, 2012 - 8:26am


Pretty much. . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 18, 2012 - 11:29am


How to Read Žižek by Adam Kotsko

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 3, 2012 - 10:53pm

A good brief introduction: Granted, I tend to think of Z as an anti-semitic wanker, but I would like to have a discussion about the way that "ideology" (still my main scholarly-rhetorical interest) projects "contradictions."


The First PostModern Political Speech

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 31, 2012 - 12:30pm

If you look at the tags on the Blogora, you will see a lot of posts about Campaign 2008, and this blog began on Election Day in 2004. I have had virtually nothing I wanted to say about this election, mainly because for the first time since I was, like, 7 years old I have decided not to watch any of the conventions. On the other hand, CE's speech last night really does deserve some analysis.


The Dreams in the Witch House--HPL

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 20, 2012 - 7:58pm

My personal favorite HPL story:


Some Thoughts on Wisconsin, continued

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 5, 2012 - 7:21pm

Some tentative thoughts on yet another mass murder:

Unconfirmed rumors thus far: white, 30's, using a semiautomatic handgun (illegal between 1994-2004), with a 9/11 tattoo. If you want one and only one argument for why the humanities might be important, it's this: who else will teach you comparative religion? or inform you that turban-wearing men are probably members of one of the most peaceful and egalitarian religions in the world?


Waldron 4

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 3, 2012 - 1:47pm

Waldron Final Discussion

7: Dworkin and Legitimacy
[Dworkin, who teaches at both NYU and Oxford, was Waldron’s advisor, and is probably the foremost “liberal” legal philosopher at the present time; I especially recommend Law’s Empire, if you want to delve into these things further—he’s the originator of the “rights as trumps” argument—I sense the “Oedipal” revenge here that dissertation advisees often take eventually against their advisors ]
1. The Question: do the enactment and enforcement of hate speech laws undermine the LEGITIMACY of the democratic process? (173).


Waldron 3

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 3, 2012 - 1:45pm

Waldron Discussion, : Chapters 5 and 6

Chapter 5:
1. Do you buy the distinction between “indignity” and “offense”? “Indignity” is not a psychological state but rather an assault on a group’s status as “anyone’s equal in the community they inhabit, to their entitlement to basic justice, and to the fundamentals of their reputation” (106).


Waldron II

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 3, 2012 - 1:44pm

Waldron Discussion,—Chapters 3 & 4
Deep thought for the day: Few people now buy MacKinnon/Dworkin’s idea of creating civil remedies for pornography as an act of sex discrimination (outside of forced viewing the workplace), but the larger critique of pornography as playing a role in the objectification of women appears broadly accepted. Is there a potential parallel to Waldron (as Justice Stevens suggests in his NYRB review)?
3: Why Call Hate Speech Group Libel?


Jeremy Waldron,

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 3, 2012 - 1:43pm

I hosted a small discussion group of Waldron's new book over four weeks in July. I thought I'd would post the notes (lightly edited to remove some purely A&M references) here, since I believe it remains a topic of general interest in rhetorical studies. I'll split the notes up over four posts (2 chapters per post).

7/3/12: Discussion of Jeremy Waldron, The Harm in Hate Speech
Why are we doing this?