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Joseph Carew
McGill University (PhD)
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    Describing The Rationality of Human Experience: The Anthropological Task of Hegel’s Logic.Joseph Carew - 2016 - Idealistic Studies 46 (1):79-96.
    I argue that Hegel’s logic is an anthropology. Appealing to the fact that we, as the kind of beings we are, search for meaning in our sensory encounter with things and in our actions, it articulates the rationality that guides this search and explains the fundamental shape of human experience. This has three implications for his logic. First, since this rationality is first and foremost an instinctive activity, it is an elaboration of our unconscious knowledge of the rules of thinking. (...)
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  2. Hegel’s Phenomenology: On the Logical Structure of Human Experience.Joseph Carew - 2019 - Open Philosophy 2 (1):462-479.
    I argue that Hegel’s Phenomenology is an attempt to prove that human experience displays a sui generis logical structure. This is because, as rational animals who instinctively create a universe of meaning to navigate our environment, the perceptual content of our conscious experience of objects, the desires that motivate our self-conscious experience of action, and the beliefs and values that make up our sociohistorical experience all testify to the presence of rationality as their condition of possibility. As such, Hegel’s Phenomenology (...)
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    “Why Is There Nothing Rather Than Something?”: Less Than Nothing's New Metaphysics.Joseph Carew - 2014 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 8 (1).
    I argue that Žižek's Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism presents us with a radically original variety of metaphysics both in terms of Žižek's own intellectual development and the history of philosophy. Rather than being concerned with the study of being qua being, Less Than Nothing proclaims that we ought to investigate nothing qua nothing inasmuch as contemporary physics demonstrates that the more we analyze reality the more we find a void, this latter now in matter (...)
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    The Threat of Givenness in Jean-Luc Marion.Joseph Carew - 2009 - Symposium 13 (2):97-115.
    Absent within Jean-Luc Marion’s theory of selfhood is an account of psychosis that displaces standard phenomenological and psychoanalytic models. Working primarily with Book V of Being Given, my paper sketches the formal possibilities exhibited in a self who cannot manage the superabundance of the given and, swept away by an uncontrollable flood of givenness, thereby falls into a hysteria of self-experience and loses its ipseity. Then, contrasting psychosis with positive figures of the self, I explore the dynamic relationship between givenness (...)
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    Reading Schelling Psychoanalytically: Žižek on the Ground of Consciousness and Language.Joseph Carew - 2015 - Symposium 19 (1):39-51.
    What are the origins of consciousness and language? Why are so many driven to see them as epiphenomenal to a metaphysically more primordial phenomenon when we have good reasons to think they are irreducible to such? Drawing on the work of the Slovenian psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, and in particular his reading of the German philosopher F.W.J. Schelling, I suggest a provactive but nuanced thesis: that at the basis of human subjectivity there is no rhyme or reason for its emergence and (...)
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    The Grundlogik of German Idealism: The Ambiguity of the Hegel-Schelling Relationship in Žižek.Joseph Carew - 2011 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (1):1.
    Following a series of textual gestures which suggest that Schelling is the culmination of the German Idealist tradition, this essay is an attempt to articulate the ambiguity of the Hegel-Schelling relationship in Slavoj Žižek's work and its productive potential. Characterizing his own dialectical materialism again and again as Hegelian, but never a Schellingian project, Žižek often belies the central role played by late Schelling of the Freiheitsschrift and the Weltalter in the self-unfolding logic of the tradition. But why is there (...)
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    Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860–1900 FREDERICK C. BEISER Oxford University Press, 2016, 308 Pp. [REVIEW]Joseph Carew - 2017 - Dialogue 56 (1):184-185.
  8. Ontological Catastrophe: Zizek and the Paradoxical Metaphysics of German Idealism.Joseph Carew - 2014 - Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press.
    In Ontological Catastrophe, Joseph Carew takes up the central question guiding Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy: How could something like phenomenal reality emerge out of the meaninglessness of the Real? Carefully reconstructing and expanding upon his controversial reactualization of German Idealism, Carew argues that Žižek offers us an original, but perhaps terrifying, response: experience is possible only if we presuppose a prior moment of breakdown as the ontogenetic basis of subjectivity. Drawing upon resources found in Žižek, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and post-Kantian philosophy, Carew (...)
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    The Idea of Hegel's Science of Logicstanley Rosen Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2014; 509 Pp.; $55.00. [REVIEW]Joseph Carew - 2015 - Dialogue 54 (2):382-384.
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    The Trembling of the Concept: The Material Genesis of Living Being in Hegel's Realphilosophie.Joseph Carew - 2012 - Pli 23.
    Although Hegel's absolute idealism is often presented as a solipsistically self-grounding, the Realphilosophie offers us an another image of Hegel which not only challenges standard interpretations, but more importantly gives us valuable resources to rethink living being. The zero-level determinacy of nature as “the idea in its otherness” has two consequences. Firstly, the starting point of any philosophy of nature must be a realism, insofar as nature's material constitution shows itself as unthought-like. Secondly, if idealism is to be viable, it (...)
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    Lectures on the Philosophy of Art: The Hotho Transcript of the 1823 Berlin Lectures G.W.F. HEGEL, ROBERT F. BROWN, Trans. Oxford University Press, 2014; 508 Pp.; £80.00. [REVIEW]Joseph Carew - 2018 - Dialogue 57 (1):196-199.
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    Slavoj Žižek and the Ontology of Political Imagination.Joseph Carew - 2011 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (3).
    My aim is to show how Žižek's political philosophy is informed and made possible by his reading of German Idealism, thus establishing an intrinsic relationship between Žižek's politics and ontology, by focusing on the problematic of “political imagination.” First, we will see to what degree Žižek's interpretation of the Schellingian logic of the Grund lays the foundation for his own appropriation of Marx's analysis of capital and this theorization of the sociopolitical deadlock we find ourselves in. Next, I will show (...)
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    The Threat of Givenness in Jean-Luc Marion: Toward a New Phenomenology of Psychosis.Joseph Carew - 2009 - Symposium 13 (2):97-115.
    Absent within Jean-Luc Marion’s theory of selfhood is an account of psychosis that displaces standard phenomenological and psychoanalytic models. Working primarily with Book V of Being Given, my paper sketches the formal possibilities exhibited in a self who cannot manage the superabundance of the given and, swept away by an uncontrollable flood of givenness, thereby falls into a hysteria of self-experience and loses its ipseity. Then, contrasting psychosis with positive figures of the self, I explore the dynamic relationship between givenness (...)
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    Truth, Imagination, Act: The Methodology of Žižek's Sociopolitical Writings.Joseph Carew - 2012 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 6 (3).
    My goal is to offer a strategy for understanding the intended effect of Žižek's sociopolitical writings. Although many critics are suspicious of Žižek's lack of a positive program for action or his rejection of liberal democracy, my conviction is that these concerns miss something essential in Žižek's endeavor as an intervention: Žižek's continual insistence on the need to “reformulate” the Left, “reinvent” the political, “think” an alternative future, if we are to overcome the impasses we face today and which in (...)
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