.pdf of Agamben’s In Praise of Profanation, seriously such an amazing essay
entire book of which it forms the crux is on scribd here
just posting this instead of a load of quotes cos I cba typing them all up for once and anyway the essays are all really short and worth reading whole
the other particularly good chapters are ‘magic and happiness’ and ‘the assistants’, only a few pages each
Here’s a translation of a particularly interesting section from Gilbert Simondon’s L’individuation à la lumière des notions de forme et d’information which is, as of yet, untranslated in its entirety. I tried to stay very close to the original language throughout, which might present some problems in terms of flow and style. Moreover, a section that was extremely technical in terms of thermodynamics was left out. I would be happy to translate the remainder if there is some interest.
Raymond Williams and Jacques Derrida talk in the empty hall at the end of the Linguistics of Writing Conference (Glasgow UK, 1986). They begin by reflecting on the recording of the event for television. Gradually their conversation widens to touch on topics including translation, the international flow and influence of publications and artistic movements, and the role of the English language and North American market in legitimizing academic ideas.
“Here [in Aristotle’s Politics], the apparently simple objective of submitting the many to the law of the One is in fact split by a never entirely closed gap between two ways of conceiving the art of politics, of confronting the question of the many: politics as the organization of the human…