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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Long Teaching Day, Arendt and Quintilian

This morning we have arrived at the Arendtian lecture in my "What Is Compelling?" course -- natality against mortality, power as potentia rather than capacitation, violence and instrumentality, redemption from the deaths/drives of the human condition, forgiveness as deed, why Eichmann should/shouldn't hang -- and then later in "Patriarchal Conventions and Convictions in Greece and Rome" we have arrived at the rhetorical summit, Quintilian's pedagogical overcoming of the Socratic complaint against sophistry, politics as play, child-centered learning, an inkling of feminism, and a fully contemporary account of the figural. Will be on campus teaching forever. Will end as I now begin, dead tired.

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