Revolutionary Pedagogies: Cultural Politics, Instituting Education, and the Discourse of Theory

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TECHNOLOGIES OF REASON

Toward a Regrounding of Academic Responsibility

Peter Pericles Trifonas

Would it not be more “responsible” to try pondering the ground, in the history of the West, on which the juridico-egological values of responsibility were determined, attained, imposed? There is perhaps a fund here of “responsibility” that is at once “older” and-to the extent it is conceived anew, through what some would call a crisis of responsibility in its juridico-egological form and its ideal of decidability-is yet to come, or, if you prefer, “younger.” Here, perhaps, would be a chance for the task of thinking what will have been, up to this point, the representation of university responsibility, of what it is and might become, in the wake of upheavals no longer to be concealed from ourselves, even if we still have trouble analyzing them. Is a new type of university responsibility possible?

-Jacques Derrida, “Mochlos; or, The Conflict of the Faculties” 1

This chapter engages the range of the “dominant metaphorical register” 2 of the Derridean call for the deconstruction of the institu-tion-after the memorious professing of the pedagogical ends of the dialectical reason of Hegelianism-through its attending to the critical presuppositions of “a certain architectural rhetoric” 3 of a post-Kantian type that retranslates the rational ground of the systemic technologies of the classic interdisciplinarity of knowledge constructions within the university as the basis for the possibility of the articulation of a “new” ethics of academic responsibility. It presents a reading of “The Principle of Reason: The University in the Eyes of its Pupils, ” the text of a public lecture given by Jacques Derrida before an assembly at Cornell University in April of 1983. Engaging the theme of the constation and performativity of academic responsibility, the chapter addresses the deconstruction of the metaphysical foundation of the

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Revolutionary Pedagogies: Cultural Politics, Instituting Education, and the Discourse of Theory
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • I - Cultural Politics 1
  • Diasporas Old and New 3
  • Strange Fruit 30
  • All-Consuming Identities 47
  • References 59
  • The Touch of the Past 61
  • II - Instituting Education 81
  • Where a Teaching Body 83
  • Notes 106
  • Notes 112
  • Technologies of Reason 113
  • Notes 135
  • Unthinking Whiteness 140
  • Postmodern Education and Disposable Youth 174
  • Multiple Literacies and Critical Pedagogies 196
  • Notes 218
  • III - The Discourse of Theory 223
  • The Shock of the Real 225
  • References 249
  • The Limits of Dialogue as a Critical Pedagogy 251
  • The Social Sciences as Information Technology 274
  • Responsible Practices of Academic Writing 289
  • Degrees of Freedom and Deliberations of “self” 312
  • References 349
  • Permissions 353
  • Index 359
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