Journal for contemporary philosophy
The new issue is online.
This issue opens with a Dutch manifesto, in which
Willem Halffman and Hans Radder make an urgent appeal to academics to recover
their universities from the ‘many-headed wolf of Management'. The authors
provide not only an analysis of the current dire situation, but also come up
with alternatives and concrete measures. In her article on the Slovenian industrial band Laibach, which in the 1980s caused a stir with the
nationalist and fascist aesthetic of their songs and performances, Atene
Mendelyte questions Slavoj Žižek's dominant interpretation of it as an act of ‘over-identification'.
In her view, Laibach's political attitude is better captured in terms of
Fredric Jameson's idea of modernist irony. Robin Vandevoordt considers Hartmut
Rosa's theory of social acceleration from the perspective of Luhmannian system
theory. The system-theoretical perspective, he argues, allows us to criticize
the normative and monolithic character of Rosa's theory. This issue
also includes a dossier on the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo, whom Krisis interviewed when he was in
Groningen to give the Lolle Nauta lecture. The interview is preceded by an
introduction to Vattimo's thought by René Gabriëls and Thijs Lijster, and a
critical review of Vattimo's and Zabala's book Hermeneutic Communism by Frank Ankersmit. This issue
concludes with some reviews: Marieke Borren on Nanda Oudejans' dissertation
about the rights of refugees, Nathan Slangen on Luc Boltanski's On Critique, and Sem de Maagt on Jeffrey Reiman's As Free and as Just as Possible.
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