A consideration of Glissant in the context of Althusser’s and Balibar’s notions of ideology, the state, and the conditions of social-political reproduction.
Working from Levinas and Chris Abani, an account of how the face signifies politics and political debt, drawn from a world of racialized difference.
A short piece examining how for Baldwin interstitial cultural politics form not only an everyday sense of resistance, but a sense of world outside the white gaze.
A comparative essay on how home and language function in the European and Caribbean contexts, with emphasis on questions of linguistic purity of origin.
“‘That Gesture of Recognition’: An Interview with Salomón Lerner Febres”
Interview with Salomón Lerner Febres, lead commissioner of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on methods and lessons from the TRC.
An essay on Paul Gilroy’s translation of Levinasian ethics and conception of the Other in the context of animality, the infrahuman, and postcolonial notions of race.
Reflections on notions of trauma, identity, fecundity, and futurity in Levinas and Glissant, emphasizing differences that come from memory and historical experience.
A theorization of sound and image in Godard’s documentary film about a failed documentary of the 1970 intifada, thinking about the visuality of alterity and nation.
An argument that a reconfiguration of Levinasian temporality and embodiment allows us to account for senses of radical responsibility and political justice.
A popular culture piece reflecting on the Grateful Dead parking lot scene’s sense of community, using Werner Marx’s thought to draw out broader lessons about belonging and meaning.
An essay on Levinas and Marion as readers of Descartes, with attention to the function of the infinite, the language of God, and the constitution of subjectivity.
A reading of Levinas as a thinker of ethical politics through his encounter with Paul Celan’s poetics, in particular the conception of utopia as time-out-of-joint and asymmetrical social space.
My first foray into Levinas’ politics, arguing that his emphasis on ethics blocks his work from attending to the complexity of our embodied presence to others. Reprinted in Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, Volume Four, ed. Claire Katz (Routledge 2005)
Explores the notion of sense-bestowal from the outside and how this notion works across Levinas’ and Marion’s work. Reprinted in Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments, Volume Two, ed. Claire Kats (Routledge 2005).
A critical reading of Levinas’ early essays on phenomenology and how they establish the methodological grounding for his emerging work on the face, ethics, and exteriority.
An account of how Levinas’ work draws heavily from Husserl’s early phenomenology of time, in particular how the thickness of the living-present bears within it the structure and significance of trace, memory, and impression.
An argument for Levinas as a transcendental philosopher, focused on the role intentionality as a founding structure, grounded in impressions and passivity, in the phenomenological dimensions of his thought.
A comparative reading of Husserl and James, working from Richard Cobb-Stevens’ argument for the phenomenological dimensions of racial empiricism. I emphasize the account of the thickness of experience in Husserl and James.
A discussion of Husserl’s critique of empiricism in Logical Investigations and how the critique forms his innovative and nuanced conception of phenomenological reflection.
A review of Donna Jones’ book The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy, with particular attention to how her book both does and does not explore the key issue in thinking comparatively in the black Atlantic: what is influence?
A review of Richard Cohen’s book Elevations, which argues for a continuity between Rosenzweig and Levinas, and in my remarks I argue the need for a stronger phenomenological grounding of Levinas’ thought lest he become consigned to “the religious.”
A review of Kathleen Haney’s Intersubjectivity Revisited, which explores the meaning of otherness in Husserl’s early and middle works. I offer critical reflection from a Levinasian perspective, arguing that Husserl misses key opportunities to deepen his understanding of alterity.