A properly philosophical concept of genius is not only egalitarian, but the product of democratization of the societies, and it is the democratization’s ultimate purpose.
As we fight the phenomena blamed on egocentrism, we can also rediscover the value of ego.
If peripheral countries want to give something substantial to the world, they must invent ways of doing so without the fuel of historical forms of expansionism.
When we think that a certain course of events is necessary, is bound to happen, we are already enchanting our reality to make these events actually happen.
Choosing the name “theorizing” for the main activity of one’s life can often be met with suspicion. A theoretician spends their life on thinking, whereas good life requires living. It seems that thinking all the time and living stand in contradiction.
If the Enlightenment taught us that to fight superstition we need reason, I think that the twenty-first century will teach us that to fight superstition we need queerness.
I want to argue for a more radical thesis: not only that paying attention to one’s intuition can be sometimes useful, but also that taking into account instinctual responses is necessary for any rigorous inquiry.
We must read texts of culture not just closely, but also: holistically, quickly, broadly, or in a patchwork fashion.