Gilbert Leung

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Cynicism

Key Concept Philosophy can only hypocritically live out what it says, it takes cheek to say what is lived. (Critique of Cynical Reason)1 Cynicism is not the same as cynicism. Cynicism with a capital ‘C’ refers to the truth-affirming provocations of the Ancient Cynics and the specific mode of being of which they are an early…

Abandonment: Notes on the Thought of Jean-Luc Nancy

Key Concept In his distinctive concern for etymology, Nancy notes that abandonment contains the semantic unit bandon, which is ‘an order, a prescription, a decree, a permission, and the power that holds these freely at its disposal.’ (Nancy 1993, 44) A ban in this context should be understood as a general proclamation of the sovereign rather…

Jurisfiction: Notes on the Thought of Jean-Luc Nancy

Key ConceptJean-Luc Nancy notes three ways that fictions have been associated with law: 1) jurisprudential exercises that require imagining the extent of the applicability of the law, 2) the mysterious ground of the constitution, and 3) in Roman law, the extension of the law to cases it did not cover. (Nancy 156) Beyond this, Nancy…

Law: Jean-Luc Nancy

Law The concept of law is tortured by an internal complexity that renders it particularly difficult to define (Hart 1983, 89–98). When considering how Jean-Luc Nancy thinks about law, we have the added problem of a semantic slippage that is the bane of translators between common and civil law jurisdictions. The different use of legal…

Impressions of the Critical Legal Conference 2012

The Critical Legal Conference (“CLC”) 2012. I thought I’d leave it until a week after the event, to allow time for the dust to settle, before reflecting on the connections between the diverse papers, the intense conversations and my own theoretical preoccupations. It was hosted this year by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm,…

The Occupy protests, #GlobalDemocracy and … Cosmopolitanism?

“Today we call the cit­izens of the world: let us glob­alise Tahrir Square! Let us glob­alise Puerta del Sol!” October 15th saw more than 950 protests in more than 80 countries take place against the injustices of the global financial system. This may be just the beginning. Drawing inspiration from Tahrir Square, Puerta del Sol…

Who’s Breaching Whose Peace?

On 14 April 2011, the High Court of England and Wales ruled, in R (on the application of Joshua Moos and Hannah McClure) v The Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis, that the police had acted unlawfully in “containing” (aka kettling) certain G20 protestors on 1 April 2009. It made clear that the police…

Punk, Law, Resistance … Introduction

Over the coming week there will appear on Critical Legal Thinking a series of posts on the theme “Punk, Law, Resistance”. The idea for this series was inspired by some of the highly creative forms of protest that have recently taken place in the UK by, for example, the Book Bloc and UK Uncut. But…

What we are reading… Lapsus Judicii | Jean-Luc Nancy

Jurisdiction is the fact of saying right… (7) Hence, jus [i.e. right (ed)] is essentially articulated by a subject, but a subject that is less substance (this is rather what it loses, as Hegel said) than a potency or potentiality (an ability, will, desire, power, faculty—but always of right) “of action and claim”; a subject…

WikiLeaks Against Empire: On the Right to Create New History

With the release of the Afghan and Iraq War Diaries earlier this year and the current release of 250,000 confidential US Embassy cables, who at the end of 2010 does not know the name of Julian Assange and the associated website WikiLeaks? Officially launched in 2007, WikiLeaks state that its aim is to ‘bring important…

Education is a Hazard

Education is a hazard. On the one hand, it is deeply implicated in the ideological state apparatus, churning out hordes of ‘disciplined’ workers to maintain the injustices of the political and economic status quo. Education is hazardous to emancipatory thought. On the other hand, education can cultivate the highest forms of creative thinking and aesthetic…

Should Liu Xiaobo have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

On 8 October 2010, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese ‘dissident’ who was found guilty by a Chinese court in 2009 of subversion in respect of his (non-violent) activities relating to Charter 08, a document calling for far-reaching political reforms, and sentenced to 11 years in jail. Worthy as he…

Nomadic Thinking

This presentation is a few notes on a question. The question being: What does it mean to say: the free space of thinking? As my title suggests, I would like to relate the free space of thinking to what one might simply call nomadic thinking. To this end, I will draw upon Deleuze and Guattari’s Nomadology…

On Finitude and Sovereignty

On Finitude and Sovereignty: Transcription of part of a workshop held by Jean-Luc Nancy at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities as part of the Adieu Derrida series of lectures in May 2005.

Hard Lessons From The Hard Right

When the British National Party finally managed two successes in the June 2009 European Elections, the mainstream media reaction was one of astonishment followed by intense curiosity and soul searching. This was a UK version of the 2002 success of the Front National in France, when Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to get through the first round…