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  • Weitzman, Erica (University of Oregon, 2015)
    This article explores the function of the precarious (non-)significance of the thing in Theodor Fontane’s 1879 novella Grete Minde. On the surface a simple tale of exclusion and revenge in seventeenth-century Brandenburg ...
  • Tobias, Rochelle (University of Oregon, 2015)
    This paper takes as its point of departure Husserl’s claim that the only world we can speak of is the one given in consciousness or that presents itself to intuition. Husserl’s insistence on the world’s status as a phenomenon ...
  • Wilson, Daniel (University of Oregon, 2015)
    In his 1891 On Aphasia Freud defines the “thing” in the terms of J.S. Mill’s empiricist phenomenology as a set of sensory impressions that is linked both to language and to immediate sensory experience. These distinctions ...
  • Appelbaum, David (University of Oregon, 2015)
    In this presentation, I examine the doubleness of the thing that is usually masked by the appropriative tendencies of life. Once the enigma of thingliness is given its place, the influence of its own non-intentional ...
  • Reynolds, Nicholas; Librett, Jeffrey S. (University of Oregon, 2015)
  • Hoffmann, Eva (University of Oregon, 2015)
    In this article, I place Orhan Pamuk's novel The Museum of Innocence into dialogue with Sigmund Freud's theory of the fetish. As Gerhard Neumann argues, the fetish provides the basic pattern for the modern subject and its ...
  • McNulty, Tracy (University of Oregon, 2015)
    Quentin Meillassoux, like his mentor Alain Badiou, is sometimes accused by his critics of “fetishizing mathematics.” Without embracing the negative judgment implied in such a charge, this essay asks: what might be gained ...
  • Moore, Jonathan (University of Oregon, 2015)
    Opening questions about "things" onto the bureaucratically-maintained, compartmentalized discursive, disciplinary claims of "philosophy," "theory," and "poetry," "Urgent Matter" explores these three terms in relation to ...

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