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  • [halshs-02522894] On the Need for Limits After the Time of the Coronavirus
    13 juillet 2020
    How can Ellul, Castoriadis and Rensi, together with Zhuangzi, whose philosophies proceed unwittingly in parallel like four ships in the night, help us to understand and imagine how we might retreat from, or even transcend, the cataclysmic moment that humanity is currently experiencing, a moment of which the coronavirus may be seen as a tragic epiphenomenon.
  • [halshs-02457536] Nationalism Unbound: China, Hong Kong and Brexit through the Prism of Castoriadis
    13 juillet 2020
    Castoriadis, wrote very little that directly dealt with Chinese politics. What is striking, however, is how with a time-lag of between ten and twenty years, Castoriadis's analysis of the Soviet Union may be mapped onto Mao's China. Even today looking at Xi Jinping's China the insights of Castoriadis ring true. The important difference, however, between the Russia described in 1981 by Castoriadis — it is the latter who insists on employing “Russia” rather than the USSR — and China’s situation today lies in the economic turn first adopted by China’s leadership in the late 1970s after the demise of Mao Zedong. During the 1980s, China gradually moved to a market-oriented economy which nevertheless remained strictly controlled and directed by the Party-state.
  • [hal-02502048] The Lost Other: Lowry's creative process
    28 avril 2020
    The recent discovery and subsequent publication of Lowry’s lost novel In Ballast to the White Sea, meant as the Paradiso piece in Lowry’s long-planned Dantesque trilogy, calls attention to the importance of loss in Lowry’s creative process. Indeed, the 1936 typescript edited by Patrick McCarthy and Chris Ackerley, in which the protagonist’s young brother commits suicide, does not readily lend itself to such positioning in the trilogy. However, the very presence of an alter-ego for the protagonist and his disappearing early in the novel point to a process that may be seminal to Lowry’s creative art: the need to generate another self whose loss is the necessary sacrifice to fuel the writer’s creative power. That In Ballast to the White Sea should be a form of Kunstelroman seems to confirm this intuition. It is besides a novel about a novel, very much like Dark As the Grave Wherein My Friend Is Laid, the title of which again highlights loss and grieving for this loss as an important feature of Lowry’s art. Just as Dark as the Grave is a returning to the place where he had written Under the Volcano, so In Ballast to the White Sea is motivated by a desire to meet the author whose works inspired the writing of Ultramarine. However the quest for the origin of creation proves elusive and eventually suggests that the origin is now lost, and perhaps always was. And it is perhaps this very loss which is the true origin of creation for it liberates speech and allows more writing. The fact that Lowry never tried to retrieve the typescript of In Ballast from the White Sea and chose instead to let it survive as a trace, as the presence of an absence, in other works of his and in letters, may actually account for its paradisiac quality: the perfect book that only exists as an absence, a distant horizon always to be reached, which stimulates the writer’s quest and his writing. The special place In Ballast holds in Lowry’s grand-oeuvre as both an absence and a presence could thus designate it as his ob-jeu, a metaphorization which allows him to negotiate the ineluctability of absence and turn it into a productive tool.

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