Foucault – The Punitive Society

Michel Foucault – The Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France 1972-1973. [EN 2015] A lettre de cachet, ordering incarceration at the Bastille. Source: Frantz Funck-Brentano, Les lettres de cachet à Paris. Étude suivie d’une liste des prisonniers de la Bastille (1659-1789).   The Punitive Society sees work with many of the themes and…

Sheehan – Making Sense of Heidegger

Thomas Sheehan, Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift. 2014.     From Existential Comics, link here. (Please contact me if you are the author and want it gone.) Double points for irony if you know the actual source of that quotation…     I typically deal with primary texts in this site – but this book, with its…

Hansen – Feed-Forward

Mark Hansen, Feed-Forward: On the Future of Twenty-First-Century Media, 2015.   Eadweard [Edward] Muybridge, Boys playing leapfrog, 1887   Feed-Forward is a project to use Whiteheadian philosophy for a philosophy of ‘new’ media. Its central conceit is the notion of 21st century media: media that not only ‘augments’ or otherwise modifies our sensory experience of the world, but undercuts and…

Merleau-Ponty – Phenomenology of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 1945 [EN 1962] Page numbers and quotes are from the 2013 Donald Landes translation.    Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560.      Phenomenology of Perception [PP] does a fair bit of work to ensure that the neophyte is left floundering for a chapter or two. One grasps at the flurry…