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On Conflict In 2021

The purpose of this short piece will be to briefly unpack a list of conflicts that deserve popular attention in the coming year, based upon the context and events of 2020.

On Modern Political Sovereignty

Within political theory, there are a number of concepts that are key to the enterprise of thinking politically in the modern world. One of these is ‘sovereignty’. For centuries now, what it is to be ‘sovereign’ has been at the forefront of our political concerns, and this continues today.

Isaiah Berlin on Morality, Determinism and Freedom: An Interview

In 1974, Sir Isaiah Berlin (IB) was interviewed by John Merson (JM) – broadcast on ABC Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone with Alan Saunders in 2009 – in which his thoughts on precisely this relationship were laid out in his typically fluid and perspicuous style.

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Into The Maelstrom: Understanding a Politics of Paradox

This beautiful world of sheer human potentiality is cursed with its character of paradox. Whilst we can investigate the universe beyond the Kuiper belt, or modify genetics, in 2017 almost a quarter of the Earth’s population had no access to clean water, fifteen-thousand under fives died daily, and sixty-eight and a half million people were forcibly displaced.

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Judith Butler on “Why Bodies Matter”: A Lecture

On June 2nd 2015, Judith Butler attended the conference to present a lecture entitled ‘Why Bodies Matter’, in which Butler examined the legacy of ‘Gender Trouble’, its thesis, and the rich tapestry of ideas that constitute her body of work since. Alongside this, Butler both concretely and lucidly ties together many of her thoughts concerning gender constitution, precarity, political action, the public sphere and the bio-political.

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Down The Playboyesque Rabbit Hole: Where is The Line Between Pornography And Art?

This is precisely what led us to this short enquiry about the relationship between Art and the most sexualised material, that which we call ‘Pornography’. Essentially what we intend to do here is simple. This short thought-piece will etch out some of our thoughts locating where the line stands dividing Pornography and Art. At its core, this question evokes a query concerning location – i.e. the space at which Art becomes Pornography and Pornography Art.

As a Human Amongst Other Humans and The Immanence of Potentiality: On Separating Art from Artist

Although our topic will remain unchanged, the purpose of this piece will be to sketch out a number of thoughts concerning the extent to which art can, or cannot, be separated from the artist, before presenting our answer to the question at hand with some concluding thoughts. Before we can even begin to address the question of art’s ‘separability’ from the artist, we must first address the nature of ‘Art’ itself and the relationship between ‘art’ and the ‘artist’.

To The Whetstone: On State Coercion and Oppression

How contradictory it is that citizens of Liberal Democracies hold a number of freedoms, rights and liberties, and yet live simultaneously within a legalised nexus of mass surveillance the likes of which the Stasi could only have imagined in their wildest of phantasmic dreams. This is also before discussing even the prowess of social media providers, whose influence and data-harvesting slides through legal loopholes and committee-led critique like a draft through Swiss cheese.

Standing on All That Is Yet In The Past: Thoughts Towards a Purely Political Hermeneutics

To focus on interpreting political texts alone is of course an act of political exegesis. Nonetheless, does this make it a mode of political hermeneutics? The simple answer is no. Although to interpret the discourse surrounding politics is itself a political act by engaging in how we broadly understand our collective action, this is still not political hermeneutics proper. To interpret the action of the civic association is political hermeneutics.

On Animation and ‘The Story’: Interpreting Kubo and The Two Strings

For many, animation is an art form indistinct from cartoons, and as such has developed a dubious consensus amongst many that the art of animation is restricted to the entertainment of children. Indeed, perhaps this tells us more about ourselves and how we understand Art, in addition to how the medium of art is bound with certain notions of prejudice and prejudgement, than animation itself. Although the widespread assumption that animation is exclusively for children may have arisen because of the paradigm forged by Disney, it is the purpose of this piece to dispel such a myth.

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Michael Oakeshott, Rationalism and ‘The Sovereignty of Technique’: A Textualist Reading of ‘Rationalism in Politics’

At the crux of the essay, Oakeshott takes a critical stance against what he pens as ‘modern rationalism’, judiciously investigating the connection between modern utopian thinking, ‘reason’, ‘knowledge’ and political action. Consequently, this essay has become a seminal text in the fields of political theory and political philosophy, hence, warranting an exhaustive reading.

Cutting it Closer: On Gillette and Social Politics

The ‘New Spirit’ of Capitalism that Zizek discusses, and that Gillette illustrates, can be marked as the embodiment of Capitalism’s remarkable capacity to revolutionise itself so to continue the accumulation of Capital. The adage of a cultural-value to the commodity form is but the nub of this revolution – one can now consume ethically, the very critique that befell Capitalism in the last century.

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The Amor Mundi Film Club

Stuck in? Self-Isolating? Working From Home? Don’t be down! Pick up something from the Amor Mundi Film Club watch list below, get all cosy and have a good think. Here are some of the best films of all kinds for thinking. Enjoy!

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The Amor Mundi Book Club

Stuck in? Self-Isolating? Working from Home? Don’t be down! Pick up something from The Amor Mundi book-club reading list below, get all cosy and have a good think. This list includes some of the greatest works in the fields of Political Theory, Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, Literature, Art and Film Theory. Here are some great ideas to get you thinking.

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Hannah Arendt on Power and Violence : The Transcript of a Lecture

Violence, being instrumental by nature, is rational to the extent that it is effective in reaching the end which must justify it. And since when we act we never know with any amount of certainty the eventual consequences of what we are doing, violence can remain rational so long as it pursues short term goals.

Some Initial Thoughts on Birth and The Human Condition

It begins with birth. Each of us is thrown into the world at any single given point of our species’ history. It so happens to be that the moment of our birth is our point of entry into this world. Although we are conceived, carried and thought of before our birth, this is the moment of our first appearance in the world itself.

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