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Chapter 28. Guerilla Hermeneutics – Becoming a respirateur

“I like living, breathing, better than working. I don’t think that the work I’ve done can have any social importance whatsoever in the future. Therefore, if you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It’s a sort of constant euphoria.”1 What Marcel […]

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Chapter 26. Interpretation is interpretation is interpretation

Interpretation must not come to an end. Such a sentence seems to be the shibboleth of all humanities written in capital letters above the entrance of any academic institution. It resembles a machine, a perpetuum mobile which is continuously working fueled by thoughts of young and old intellectuals.  Hermeneutics must not come to an end, […]

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Chapter 24. Consent and hermeneutics

Consent derives “from the Latin consentire — literally, and almost perversely, ‘to feel together’”, as a New York Times article1 describes. During this summer semester the term “consent” came up in my Seminar “Schreibweisen der Liebe” and I asked my students if they can imagine to use the term consent as an analytic approach to literature? Are […]

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Chapter 23. “It is almost dry” – Being gentle within capitalist consumption.

In an interview on Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Pusha T explains the title of his new album: “It is almost dry”. The phrase means, that the masterpiece you are making is almost ready, yet it is not. Everyone keeps asking the artist, when it will be done. It is obvious that the phrase relates […]

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