Hager Weslati

Hager Weslati, Kingston University & the London Graduate School

Alexandre Kojève After Revolutionary Terror

Kojeve’s theory of revolutionary action can provide us with a better perspective on the historical significance of the more recent revolutions across the ‘middle-eastern’ region of the ‘Dernier monde nouveau’.If the French and Russian revolutions provided two models of post-revolutionary politics, neither of them  led to the realisation of a universal and homogenous state, an empirical…

The Lacanian Trials

The jur­idical scope of the Lacani­ans’ feuds provides inter­est­ing read­ing with Lacan’s life, his teach­ing and his thought. The 30th anniversary of Lacan’s death in September 2011 was marked by an “intellectual dispute,” one which was not settled in the sphere of ideas or public academic debate, but in a defamation trial in the French…

The Eclipse of Politics (4 of 4): Theory in Bits and Pieces

The eclipse of strategic reason should logically be paired with the return in full force of speculative philosophy, reinvested with a protruding mission—or one of surveillance— to police “any instance of abuse of power on the part of political rationality.” Contrary to its heralded decline, this resurrection conferred on the resuscitated philosophy a “very promising…

The Eclipse of Politics (3 of 4): Strategy Degree Zero

The Deleuzean opposition between the molecular and the molar, between flux and state-coding, were coeval with the liberal turn of deregulations and promised to lead the great capitalist decoding and the market deterritorialization to their ultimate consequences. “But which revolutionary path should one choose? Is there one? To retreat from the global market in an…

The Eclipse of Politics (1 of 4): Intro

Translator’s note: “The Eclipse of Politics” is the fourth chapter of Daniel Bensaid’s Eloge de la politique profane (Albin Michel, 2008) (tr: In Praise of Secular Politics). In this chapter, the author situates the most prominent discourses of the event, as developed by Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari among others, in the political context of the…

The Arab Minotaur: A People Deferred

A deluge of articles, statements and comments on the peoples’ protests across a region defined in imperial geopolitical and cultural discourses as the Middle-East or the Arab World have so far been driven by two main questions: ‘how it happened?’ and ‘what will happen next?’ The ‘how’ and ‘what next’ are impossible questions at times…