Daniele Lorenzini’s article “Philosophical Discourse and Ascetic Practice: On Foucault’s Readings of Descartes’ Meditations” is now available open … Daniele Lorenzini on Foucault and Descartes (open access) – part of Theory, Culture & Society Special Issue: ‘Foucault Before the Collège de France’ ——killer paper!Daniele Lorenzini on Foucault and Descartes (open access) – part of Theory, Culture & Society Special Issue: ‘Foucault Before the Collège de France’
“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid”. Epictetus
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage”. Seneca
“We have art in order not to die from the truth”. F. Nietzsche
“Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science”. H. Bergson
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live”. Marcus Aurelius
“Free election of masters does not abolish the masters of the slaves”. Herbert Marcuse
“Love is a serious mental illness”. Plato
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Plato
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”. Aristotle
As Christmas holidays are couple of days away, I can’t help but thinking about the phenomenon of life flipping and inverting spaces and time. Holidays are better spent away from home because home has become an office. Hence the title of this post.
Suddenly, a new wave of meanings and ideas are invading our lives, even to its private intimate core shelter that is home. Suddenly, many of us realize that we don’t have a work place in our houses. Basically, we work, eat and sleep in the same place; eyes glued to the screen and haven’t we all fell sometimes on the keyboard?
The utopian fantasy of creating a disciplined society, something history books witnessed in Nazism and Soviet Union, has never been better executed than these days worldwide. The scenery of lockdowns, social distancing and masks reminds us of science-fiction movies. However, on the inside, things are shaky. Being completely submissive to a monitoring system (or systems) is a wink to George Orwell’s 1984, where pasta can taste like emails. The utopia turned to a dystopia.
The name of the game is : biopolitics. Biopolitics is a concept invented by French philosopher Michel Foucault in which he explained how the State has power over our health, bodies, the social body and now through covid19 patients tracking apps, vaccine, climate change and so on.
On this Christmas eve, I really wish to all of us, less confusion and more clarity and peace to the soul.
Merry Christmas to all!