Stupidity

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 366 pages
The political and social implications of stupidity have been articulated by Marx, Nietzsche, Deleuze, among others. Urgent yet recalcitrant, stupidity provokes a crisis in our understanding of politics, ethics, and psychoanalysis. The dilemma posed by the limited subject involves national identity, masochism, and sexual politics, as well as the relation of poetic utterance to the stammer in which it originates. Essentially linked to the philosophical primal scene of stupor, stupidity also points to what has been historically inappropriable, as when Hannah Arendt considers Eichmann in terms of not only the banality but also the stupidity of evil.
 

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Contents

Slow Learner
1
The Question of Stupidity Why We Remain in the Provinces
35
The Politics of Stupidity Musil Dasein the Attack on Women and My Fatigue
61
The Rhetoric of Testing
95
Kierkegaard Satellite
164
The Disappearance and Returns of the Idiot
169
The Idiot Boy
246
Notes
311
Index
353
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Avital Ronell is a professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project. She is the author of The Telephone Book, Dictations, Crack Wars, and other books.

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