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Putting the K in Debate

Posted in 2012 deb(k)ate Oral History Project with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2012 by kevin kuswa

“Each age has its own particular way of putting language together, because of its different groupings.  For example, if in the classical age the being of language appears completely within the limits of representation it lays down, by the nineteenth century it leaps out of its representative functions: it is now on the point of losing its unifying function, but only in order to rediscover it elsewhere in a different mode…Therefore the historical being of language never manages to gather this new function in an inner consciousness that founds, originates or even mediates; on the contrary, it constitutes a form of exteriority in which the statements of the corpus under consideration appear by way of dispersal and distribution.”

G. Deleuze in Foucault (1986)

Putting the K in Debate has been emphasizing debate pedagogy and critical thought for over two years now and the response has been resoundingly monumental.  Featuring debate videos, podcasts, articles, and discussion posts, the use of the site has been steadily expanding and many of you have found helpful material to assist your own forays into kritik debate.  Content not advertising, experimentation not orthodoxy, pedagogy not pandering, and thinking not prescribing have been the continual aims of the site.

Re-examine some of the initial posts here:

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We hope to hear from you.  As Foucault writes:

“Making historical analysis the discourse of the continuous and making human consciousness the original subject of all historical development and all action are the two sides of the same system of thought.  In this system, time is conceived in terms of totalization and revolutions are never more than moments of consciousness.”  (Archaeology of Knowledge, p12)