Monthly Archives: July 2008

Jacque Derrida and Slavoj Žižek: thoughts on Love

Derrida: “Is love the love of someone or something?” Žižek: “‘I love you more than anything else!’ In this quite formal sense, love is evil!”

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Critical thinking & the bloody battle of Genoa

One of the modules I use to develop both my own and my students’ abilities to engage in critical thinking through argumentation focuses on the ‘anti-globalisation’ or, and more accurately, the ‘alter’-globalisation movment. One of the many areas we are challenged to critically … Continue reading

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Another Brick in the Wall/ De-schooling society

Ivan Illich meets Pink Floyd: “Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment … Continue reading

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Personality Types

According to one personality test, based on Jung- Myers-Briggs typology, I am “Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging” or more simply : INFJ. INFJ’s have been analysed as follows: “Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of … Continue reading

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Elisée Reclus and Piotr Kropotkin (Anarchists, Geographers)

Anarchism has produced a group of characters of marvellous beauty. Both Elisée Reclus and the peerless Piotr Kropotkin were not only two of most striking and most expressive of anarchists, they were also geographers too.

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Would the West actually be happier with less? The world downscaled

Serge Latouche (Le Monde Diplomatique, Dec 2003) : “What if they very idea of growth – accumulating riches, destroying the environment and worsening social inequality – is a trap? Maybe we need to aim to create a society that is … Continue reading

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The conference that got away

A summer conference on Alternative Economic Spaces WITH the Keynote Address being given by J.K. Gibson-Graham AND in the vastly underrated city of Hull… and I couldn’t attend (three years on the bitterness still shows no sign of losing its … Continue reading

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