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Los responsables — Antonio Muñoz Molina

Lo que une a esos tres hombres tan distintos entre sí [Léon Blum, Albert Camus, Raymond Aron], dice Judt, es también lo que los hace ajenos a la mayor parte de los literatos, intelectuales y políticos del país y de las épocas en las que vivieron: un sentido exigente de la responsabilidad personal, entendida en una doble acepción; la responsabilidad, en primer lugar, de mirar el mundo con los ojos abiertos y con la necesaria atención, y no atolondradamente o confusamente, a través de categorías ideológicas, o de las modas o los lugares comunes; y la responsabilidad, además, de actuar y escribir en virtud de las propias conclusiones obtenidas mediante la observación, la reflexión y la crítica, aunque eso supusiera ponerse en contra de la facción o del grupo al que uno pertenecía, enfrentarse a los mismos que hasta entonces lo habían acompañado y ahora lo llamarían apóstata, renegado, incluso traidor.

via Los responsables — Antonio Muñoz Molina.

The Haida poets never talked about place, but they lived and breathed it

In those days, the 1970s, Canadian poets talked non-stop about place. Place was the sacred subject of poetry. The Haida poets, by contrast, never talked about place, but they lived and breathed it. Their work was immersed in the nonhuman world: the sea and the mountains, sea mammals and sea birds, beach rocks and beach weed and forest. What I needed to know in order to understand those poets was exactly what I wanted to know. It was what I needed to know in order to be where I was.

via Myth Is a Theorem About the Nature of Reality, Matthew Spellberg interviews Robert Bringhurst – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

Mapping the Social World: From Aggregates to Individuals | Limn

Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874) introduced to the human sciences the idea of the average man, of the regularity and predictability of average behaviors, as opposed to individual behaviors, which are random and especially unpredictable. When human traits, such as size, become “normally” distributed, say according to a bell curve, their average supposedly represents a superior ontological reality, a whole comprised of specific properties, distinct individual cells. This idea would be the basis of future quantitative social sciences, Emile Durkheim’s Le Suicide being the prototype: sociology is not the uniting of individual psychologies.

via Mapping the Social World: From Aggregates to Individuals | Limn.

Design for a Post-Neoliberal City | e-flux

Whether pessimistically or optimistically, it is at least interesting to note that design is again on the agenda in urban and political theory. Mouffe refers vaguely to design as a political tool for the construction of a common space, and Foster laments the lack of room for alternatives, but these could also be (mis)read as pleas for the design of a “stage for the imagination,” as Davis puts it. All of them could be considered as having in mind a kind of proto-design, producing fewer solutions (and new problems), but also social situations and processes enabling social imagination, debate, and conflict.

via Design for a Post-Neoliberal City by Jesko Fezer | e-flux.

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