really thinking: rhetoric and cognition

I am at work on a chapter in my book that deals with cognition as it relates to a realist ontology and rhetoric, and I'm hoping this exercise will help me to crystalize my thoughts. I'm drawing on some familiar concepts (at least to me) from distributed cognition and extended mind to DeLanda's fascinating and bizarre... Continue Reading →

when rhetoric gets real

In Pandora's Hope, Latour tells the story of being asked if he "believes in reality." His response was something to the effect of not realizing that reality was something one needed to believe in. Elsewhere Graham Harman has written of an email exchange with Manual DeLanda, who wrote "For decades admitting that one was a realist was... Continue Reading →

Levi Bryant's 3 models of the subject

Levi has a recent post on this subject discussing these 3 models which he terms poststructuralist, contemporary, and Deleuzian. The challenge here is figuring out how to create space for a subject with agency who can undertake political change. Thus he ends this way: When we talk about resistance we want something approximating decision, choice,... Continue Reading →

pedagogy and Latour's quasi-subjects

Continuing my increasingly plodding march across An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, I've completed Latour's description of the modes he refers to as "quasi-objects" and "quasi-subjects." To recall, one of the keys of the argument here is to dispense with the binary of subject and object. However, Latour recognizes that these concepts play a central role... Continue Reading →

writing, invisibility, and Latour

As I've written here before, one passage that has really stuck with me since my early days in graduate school comes from Lester Faigley's Fragments of Rationality, where he observes that the disagreements in rhetoric and composition can be understood in terms of the subjectivities we want our students to occupy in the classroom. I've always... Continue Reading →

genre, data, and objects

After the very busy administrative time at the beginning of the semester, I've been catching up on my reading. Ted Underwood has an interesting post on the relationship between data and genre as he investigates genre through an analysis of large digital collections. He observes: The biggest problem was even less quantitative, and more fundamental:... Continue Reading →

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