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Hull begins his essay with Marx’s ‘Jewish Question’ in order to speak about nationalism. Hull asserts that Marx is not the first to speak of nationalism. Benedict Anderson finds evidence of what is called the ‘nation’ in the middle ages. Marx believes that to formulate a question properly is to answer it, which is to say that to answer a question is to disperse it into other questions. Thus, when the nationalism question is answered, the question turns on a responsibility to the ghosts of non-present or partially present cultures. Not only is an inheritance, as Derrida would say, among the voices of Marx, but to betray that voice, as Marx does, explains his failure to adequately formulate the nationalist question. (more…)

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When reading Spectres of Marx and coming across the phrase “the time is out of joint” again and again, I recalled the explorations of Foucault in Society Must Be Defended. (more…)

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I’m glad we’re talking about ghosts. I really am. I think the meaning and significance of ghosts might tell us nearly everything we need to know.

It is also an occasion for reopening a question about Derrida’s specific meditations in Specters of Marx: is the consideration largely, or even completely, Eurocentric? (more…)

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I’m curious what you think about Derrida’s remarks, in his ten features of the new world order, about the displacement-placement question. It occurs in the thesis on inter-ethnic conflict, something that persists despite the alleged homogenizing effects of globalism. (more…)

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