I graduated last night.
If you want to read my honours thesis you can find it here.
I started my honours thesis in June of this year and it’s now almost complete. My desk remains a mess while I tidy up loose ends, making sure that chapters and paragraphs connect to one another in a way that makes sense.
My supervisor has been a great help showing me where my work needs improvement and also where it’s strong and purposeful. I often waffle, which leads to a lack of clarity. I now have just one paragraph to write in the body and then I’ll work on the introduction and conclusion.
A post on dooce entitled I Have Something to Say is a useful example of parrhesia. Here we find Armstrong speaking truth in the form of a criticism – of both herself and others – which involves a level of risk to the speaker. It’s not a risk of life and death so much as the possibility, in her case, of being discovered by her manager and therefore being fired. Of course it’s a matter of record that this in fact occurred.
I’m planning to analyse this example as part of my thesis.
I’m working on a concept proposed by Battaile that transgression, limits, and the death of god are connected. A friend sent me a link to a post on Larval Subjects, some of which I quote here.
“As such, the death of God signifies first and most fundamentally the end of the primacy of the One in whatever form it might take. To announce the death of God is, as both Deleuze and Badiou have declared, to simultaneously declare that the One, the identical, the same, is only a product, a result, a term-become rather than a foundation or first. As such, metaphysics in the wake of God is a metaphysics that seeks to think difference first and to see identity as a result or product. That is, we must be vigilant in tracking down and eradicating all remainders of theology within such a thought.”
What I take from this is that god can only be thought from the position of a homogenous individual — the One — and to die as a subject is to bring about the death of god.
As you can probably here I’m on shaky ground here. In a perfect place really.
I crossed a threshold yesterday. I’m now over the 10 000 word hurdle. It’s kind of funny because I’m now getting concerned that I’m not going to fit everything in.
I read an article last week that had me a bit excited about the intersection of transgression and subjectivity. In particular this idea of the death of god had me jumping a bit. But I think I may have been a bit literal with my reading of the theory so I’m almost ready to ditch it. Still, they’re may yet be a critique coming along feminist lines. One of my peers said that I might be classed pro-feminist. Labels, labels, labels. Perhaps I’m just an apostate.
Tomorrow I’ll put the finishing touches on a section about the development of sex as a scientific base of knowledge. It feeds into the development of sex as discourse and the telling of truth to power. The confession of truth to power is a means by which power can hide its operation until it can act on a subject. In the case of the Mormon church it doesn’t need to hide for too long as it starts the subjectivation process while kids are in the cradle. In their defense capitalist societies do the same thing with kids by telling them they need to be consumers from a very early age. Is their any subject position that we can inhabit in a truly creative and free manner?