Enter the Derridean: The Martial Architecture of Taoism as Contemporary Cultural Theory

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/12586
Title:
Enter the Derridean: The Martial Architecture of Taoism as Contemporary Cultural Theory
Authors:
Bowman, Paul
Abstract:
This paper deconstructs the architecture of the Žižekian-Marxist argument that such diverse formations as ‘New Age’ Western Buddhism, Cultural Studies, neoliberalism and postmodernism are equivalent reaction formations to ‘capitalism’. That is, bluntly stated: in a Žižekian-Marxian paradigm, the ‘success’ of deconstruction and anti-essentialist cultural theory and politics is equivalent or even identical to the ‘success’ of Bruce Lee, his deconstructed kung fu, and his own anti-essentialist theory, politics and strategy, as encapsulated (all too easily, as it were) in the film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The paper analyses the architecture of paradigms that draw such differences into equivalence as Derrida and Bruce Lee, Taoism and neoliberalism, and – exemplarily – capitalism and cultural studies. It asks the ‘ontological question’ that Žižek claims both cultural studies and deconstruction absolutely forbid: What do these things really ‘have’ in common? And it asks the more ‘proper’, anti-essentialist question of what does the perspective which sees such equivalence itself project or set up in order to see it? Fundamentally, then, this work reconsiders the architecture of the arguably essential theoretical concept of ‘articulation’. It is therefore related to Richard Stamp’s ‘Enter the Inter’, in entering into the problematic of interdisciplinarity in the establishment of knowledge, and of establishing the relations between institutions, formations, paradigms, politics, power and projection
Citation:
CongressCATH 2004 The Architecture of Philosophy (9 - 11 July, 2004, at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK.)
Issue Date:
Jul-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/12586
Submitted date:
2007-07-05
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Humanities Collection

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dc.identifier.citationCongressCATH 2004 The Architecture of Philosophy (9 - 11 July, 2004, at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK.)en
dc.identifier.otherThe Architecture of Philosophy/The Philosophy of Architecture, CentreCATH, University of Leeds, Bradford, July 2004-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/12586-
dc.description.abstractThis paper deconstructs the architecture of the Žižekian-Marxist argument that such diverse formations as ‘New Age’ Western Buddhism, Cultural Studies, neoliberalism and postmodernism are equivalent reaction formations to ‘capitalism’. That is, bluntly stated: in a Žižekian-Marxian paradigm, the ‘success’ of deconstruction and anti-essentialist cultural theory and politics is equivalent or even identical to the ‘success’ of Bruce Lee, his deconstructed kung fu, and his own anti-essentialist theory, politics and strategy, as encapsulated (all too easily, as it were) in the film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The paper analyses the architecture of paradigms that draw such differences into equivalence as Derrida and Bruce Lee, Taoism and neoliberalism, and – exemplarily – capitalism and cultural studies. It asks the ‘ontological question’ that Žižek claims both cultural studies and deconstruction absolutely forbid: What do these things really ‘have’ in common? And it asks the more ‘proper’, anti-essentialist question of what does the perspective which sees such equivalence itself project or set up in order to see it? Fundamentally, then, this work reconsiders the architecture of the arguably essential theoretical concept of ‘articulation’. It is therefore related to Richard Stamp’s ‘Enter the Inter’, in entering into the problematic of interdisciplinarity in the establishment of knowledge, and of establishing the relations between institutions, formations, paradigms, politics, power and projectionen
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