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    The Politics of Spirit in Stiegler’s Techno-Pharmacology.Ross Abbinnett - 2015 - Theory, Culture and Society 32 (4):65-80.
    This article begins by examining the concept of the pharmakon that is developed in Derrida’s essay ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’, as it is here that the idea of a medium that is simultaneously poisonous and therapeutic is developed in relation to the discursive effects of writing. The author then goes on to look at Stiegler’s attempt to reconfigure the ‘orthographic economy’ of deconstruction, particularly his account of how the ‘tertiary supports’ of virtual and information technologies have transformed the experience of the real (...)
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    Truth and social science: from Hegel to deconstruction.Ross Abbinnett - 1998 - Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
    The noble aim of sociologists to "tell the truth" has sometimes involved ignoble assumptions about human beings. In this major discussion of truth in the social science, Ross Abbinnett traces the debate on truth from the "objectifying powers" of Kant through more than 200 years of critique and reformulation to the unraveling of truth by Lyotard, Foucault, and Derrida. Truth and Social Science gives students an exciting and accessible guide to the main sociological treatments of truth and can also be (...)
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    The Spectre and the Simulacrum.Ross Abbinnett - 2008 - Theory, Culture and Society 25 (6):69-87.
    With the recent deaths of both Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida, it is an opportune moment to consider their respective contributions to social and cultural theory. The purpose of this article is not to establish an unbridgeable gap which allows no communication between Baudrillard and Derrida's thought. Rather, I will argue that there is an underlying assumption which brings them into close proximity: the idea that the dialectical order of the social, and its relationship to human mortality, has been radically (...)
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    Carnival and Cannibal, or, The Play of Global Antagonism by Jean Baudrillard. London/New York: Seagull Books , 2010.Ross Abbinnett - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (4):145-151.
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    Living After Auschwitz: Memory, Culture and Biopolitics in the Work of Bernard Stiegler and Giorgio Agamben.Ross Abbinnett - 2020 - Theory, Culture and Society 37 (7-8):255-277.
    The problem with remembering Auschwitz is that the neoliberal paradigm of economic utility, demotic happiness, and programmed consumption has tended to erase its facticity from public consciousness. Technoscientific capitalism functions as a regime of amnesic performance that prevents a ‘working through’ of the Nazi genocide. I argue that Agamben’s work on the implicit violence of the biopolitical paradigm gives a crucial insight into the fate of humanity in the time of global capitalism. However, I contend that the idea of testimony (...)
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    Postmodernity and the ethics of care: Situating Bauman's social theory.Ross Abbinnett - 1998 - Cultural Values 2 (1):87-116.
    This article is primarily concerned with Zygmunt Bauman's ‘adoption’ of Levinas's ethic of primordial responsibility, and his attempt to found a ‘sociological’ critique of postmodern ambivalence upon the erasure of the face and loss of moral proximity. I have argued that the reading of Levinas which Bauman presents in Modernity and the Holocaust and Postmodern Ethics is radically incompatible with the redemptive significance of the Levinasian commandment; and that consequently, his attempt to determine the cognitive and aesthetic forms involved in (...)
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    Science, technology and modernity: Beck and Derrida on the politics of risk.Ross Abbinnett - 2000 - Cultural Values 4 (1):101-126.
    The purpose of the article is to evaluate the ethical and political conclusions that Ulrich Beck draws from his account of ‘civilization risks’. I have argued that the categories of ‘life’, ‘the organic’, and the ‘technological’ which are presented in Risk Society, presuppose a certain metaphysics of ‘natural’ human identity; and that it is the inscription of this identity in the politics of risk administration which opens the possibility of an absolutely legitimized regulation of nature, humanity, and society. Thus, in (...)
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    The Anthropocene as a Figure of Neoliberal Hegemony.Ross Abbinnett - 2019 - Social Epistemology 33 (4):367-379.
    The idea of the Anthropocene postulates that, epistemically and ontologically, we must consider the climatic, geological, and biological systems of the Earth as essentially bound up with the technological systems that have been developed by human beings. This idea has been aesthetically configured through images of ‘Spaceship Earth’ and in the orbital pictures of light patterns emitted by human settlements across the globe. I will argue that this shift towards the idea of the Anthropocene is complicit with a certain kind (...)
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    “Neoliberalism, Technocracy and Higher Education” Editors’ Introduction.Justin Cruickshank & Ross Abbinnett - 2019 - Social Epistemology 33 (4):273-279.
    ABSTRACTThis special issue of Social Epistemology has its origin in two symposia organised by the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group at the University of Birmingham. These we...
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    The Social Production of Knowledge in a Neoliberal Age: Debating the Challenges Facing Higher Education.Justin Cruickshank & Ross Abbinnett (eds.) - 2022 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Authors from the social sciences and humanities discuss the neoliberal re-structuring of higher education and the possibilities for progressive change to the social production of knowledge in universities.
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    Review of Nigel Tubbs, Education in Hegel: Continuum, London, 2008. [REVIEW]Ross Abbinnett - 2010 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 29 (1):89-96.