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Andrew Stables

BE(COM)ING HUMAN: SEMIOSIS AND THE MYTH OF REASON

Andrew Stables

University of Bath, UK

Educational theory is necessarily concerned with what it means to become human, ‘becoming’ implying a process of growth and change. In general, philosophy of education has tended to view childhood (defined as the period during which one is being educated) as preparation for a settled period as adult citizen, during which one’s human nature is given its full expression. Traditionally, then, first we become human, then we are (fully) human.

However, when we speak of ourselves as human, we do so in these two senses: as a present species marker, and as a regulative ideal. Most literature focuses on the former sense; the present argument will focus on the latter. What, therefore, should be the grounds for a theory of the individual in society and the world that can best underpin approaches to social policy and education on the assumption that the human animal is always aspiring to fully human status that can never be attained? Central to the argument are the acknowledgement of the human as an open system and the concomitant acceptance of overlapping phenomenal worlds, whereby experience is shared but never exactly duplicated between sentient beings.

Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice Volume 56

ISBN 978-94-6091-996-1 hardback USD99/EUR90

ISBN 978-94-6091-995-4 paperback USD49/EUR45

July 2012, 156 pages

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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Nietzsche

ANTI-NIETZSCHE – BY MALCOLM BULL

NEW TITLE: ANTI-NIETZSCHE
By MALCOLM BULL
Published: 21 NOVEMBER 2011
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“A great thought-experiment…an astonishing call to arms (or to disarm)” – T. J. CLARK
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Nietzsche, the philosopher seemingly opposed to everyone, has met with remarkably little opposition himself. He remains what he wanted to be-the limit-philosopher of a modernity that never ends. In this provocative, sometimes disturbing book, Bull argues that merely to reject Nietzsche is not to escape his lure. He seduces by appealing to our desire for victory, our creativity, our humanity. Only by ‘reading like a loser’ and failing to live up to his ideals can we move beyond Nietzsche to a still more radical revaluation of all values-a subhumanism that expands the boundaries of society until we are left with less than nothing in common.

ANTI-NIETZSCHE is a subtle and subversive engagement with Nietzsche and his twentieth-century interpreters-Heidegger, Vattimo, Nancy, and Agamben. Written with economy and clarity, it shows how a politics of failure might change what it means to be human.
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Praise for MALCOLM BULL:

“Malcolm Bull is one of the English language’s foremost thinkers, philosophers and art historians” – LUC BOLTANSKI

Praise for THE MIRROR OF THE GODS:

“Magnificent…gripping…so well told” – SUNDAY TIMES

“A book that transforms our understanding of Renaissance art” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

“A treasure of scholarship that is most unlikely to be superseded.” – TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=203534&sectioncode=20

“An extremely learned work… how he manages to cram in so much learning – from all the variant ancient literary sources, to an uncountable number of Renaissance interpretations – is quite astonishing” – GUARDIAN:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/may/20/art

Praise for SEEING THINGS HIDDEN:

“A brilliantly idiosyncratic thinker with solidly progressive allegiances… SEEING THINGS HIDDEN makes a sustained argument in political philosophy and cultural theory, deeply pondered and finely wrought.” – JONATHAN REE, NEW LEFT REVIEW
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MALCOLM BULL is a theorist and art historian who teaches at Oxford. His books include SEEING THINGS HIDDEN, THE MIRROR OF THE GODS, and ANTI-NIETZSCHE. He is on the editorial board of NEW LEFT REVIEW and writes for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
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ISBN: 978 1 85984 574 5 / $26.95/£16.99/$33.50CAN / Hardback / 224 pages
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For more information about ANTI-NIETZSCHE, or to buy the book visit:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/1010-anti-nietzsche
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Academics can request an inspection copy. For further information please go to: http://www.versobooks.com/pg/desk-copies

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Human Nature

Human Nature

HUMAN NATURE

 

Birkbeck ‘Marx, Individuals & Society’ Seminar

William Dixon will speak on: “Yes, there is a human nature”

Thursday 19th November, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1, 19:30 to 21:00, Classroom GOR B02

Contact for details: lukiezac@dircon.co.uk

‘Human Nature’ by Michael Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjzer9dUWmg

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