Traditionally aesthetics has been associated with phenomenal experience, human apprehension and an appreciation of beauty—the domains in which human cognition is rendered finite. What is an aesthetics that might occur ‘after finitude’?
Politics, Ethics and Performance: Hélène Cixous and the Théâtre du Soleil is a collection of essays by French feminist poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous. Cixous’ performative and poetic mode of writing explores the relationship between theatrical performance and contemporary politics.
Reflections on Presence are philosophical aphorisms that investigate the interconnected nature of the material and the mental worlds. They addresses concerns of contemporary thinking, like language, ethics, faith and individuality and construct a program for the re-invention of the dominant contemporary philosophical paradigm which is reluctant to articulate positive statements bout reality. From the perspective of Marcus Aurelius, Ignatius Loyola and Nikos Kazantzakis they address the concerns raised by Blaise Pascal, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger.
Knowledge and Freedom is a collection of essays on the philosophy of German idealism. The central issue is the real status of human knowledge, or put in Kantian terms, the limits of human cognition and their implications for our understanding and practice of freedom (theoretical, moral, and political). The connection between knowledge and freedom is then investigated in the post-Kantian philosophy of Fichte, Schelling and Hegel.
Stretchmarks of Sun is informed by the crossing of borders—geographical, historical, formal and subjective. It explores autobiographical fragments drawing on the protagonist’s experience of dislocation and reconnection. It is poetry that draws together strands plucked from different disciplines, ways of knowing and art forms to reveal how home is made out of love and language.
Reading the Country explores the meaning and politics of place (Roebuck Plains) through Aboriginal narratives, songs, conversations, photographs and paintings, together with European historical, geographic and geological knowledge; linked by a series of explanatory, exploratory and analytical essays on history, anthropology, critical theory and painting; interview with Peter Yu, NAC representative.