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Jameson, Representing Capital, 7

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 20, 2011 - 2:05pm

I've been slacking a bit on posting notes about Jameson's book (part of the problem is that it's denser prose than usual); as perhaps is appropriate for a work on dialectic, I'm going to skip ahead to the concluding chapter in hopes that it illuminates the body of the text.

"Political Conclusions"

1. unlike the Manifesto, Capital I has no political conclusions.

2. What do we mean by the political?

a. handbooks for political activism, e.g Machiavelli, von Clausewitz, Sorel, or Lenin.


Predestination and Social theory

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 19, 2011 - 1:04pm

I had a small revelation this morning, and I'm curious what the more theologically inclined among you (Joshua? Ryan?) think about it. The central problem in sociological theory since the 18th century has the been the relative role of "structure" and "agency" in society (Marx would be heavy on structural determination, classical liberals and existentialists heavy on agency, and Giddens trying to strike a middle path). Could it be that this central problem in social theory is a replaying of the Reformation debates on predestination (single and double) versus Arminianism?


an historiographical puzzle

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 16, 2011 - 10:56pm

Believe it or not, I have no hidden agenda behind this question: why, when rhetorical studies took a definite philosophical turn after around 1975 (Philosophy and Rhetoric had then been around for about 7 years), did both my generation and the now roughly two generations younger than mine seize on Continental Philosophy rather than analytic philosophy (I don't know why I've capitalized those differently, but it seems right) for our scholarship? Thoughts?


CFP: Symbolic Violence

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 15, 2011 - 5:45pm

Call for Papers, "Symbolic Violence Conference," Texas A&M University, March 1-4, 2012


Jim's Intro to Legal Reasoning

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2011 - 10:45am

Attached to this post is a pdf file of a handout I use in my legal rhetoric/argumentation classes. I've been working on refining it over the years. Feel free to make use of it as you wish; suggestions for improvement are welcome.

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And Speaking of Leo Strauss

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2011 - 8:49pm

I just received the much-awaited Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy today. It's mighty expensive, but the first section is worth the price--introductions to the contextual approach (Skinner/Pocock/the Cambridge School) by Mark Bevir, to the Straussian approach, by Catherine Zuckert, postmodern approaches, and so on.


Good New Books in History of Rhetoric?

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2011 - 8:22pm

I've been a fan of Ward Farnsworth since his 2007 The Legal Analyst, which is the best advanced introduction to legal reasoning and analysis I've ever read.


Happy Fourth of July

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 4, 2011 - 5:04pm



Linguistic Idealism as Ideology

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 30, 2011 - 11:11am

As readers of this blog know, I've been concerned for some time about the relationship between speech and action, and the legal implications of that distinction (as in the spirited discussion of Brown v. EMA we've had this week).


Poems about Teaching?

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 29, 2011 - 10:51pm

Here's a compelling, long-ish poem by Daisy Fried about a poetry teacher at Princeton sharing a train ride back from Manhattan with several students who interviewed at Wall Street firms at the same time she interviewed for adjunct teaching positions. And, much older, W.D. Snodgrass's "April Inventory." I'm trying to think of other poems about college teaching. Any ideas?