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What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?

Over the past six weeks of this serial essay I have taken up what I consider to be some of the most important conceptual frameworks through which to think the generation of children, particularly in relation to their adult others.  … Continue reading

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Childhood Blocks: Deleuze and Guattari’s Infant Affects

Introduction This project is really an essay about “adultomorphism,” a neat neologism I am borrowing from psychoanalyst Ken Corbett.[1]  Adultomorphism is what Deleuze and Guattari would call a “major” mode, a standard metric for the human, an order-word for the … Continue reading

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Born of the Interval: Irigaray’s Ethics of Difference

Text Abbreviations: IBSW: In The Beginning, She Was KW: Luce Irigaray: Key Writings TBT: To Be Two WL: The Way of Love Introduction Luce Irigaray’s work has, unfairly, been rather willfully read stateside, resulting in her frequent dismissal as an … Continue reading

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Child Sexuality as Mistranslation of the Parental Unconscious: Laplanche’s “Identification-by”

This week’s installment is lengthy, but necessarily so.  I promise your patience in reading it will be rewarded. Introduction Jean Laplanche’s most recently translated collection of work, Freud and the Sexual (2011), follows nicely my detailing last week of a critique … Continue reading

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Hylomorphism and Pedagogy: Plato’s Technical Political Physics

Introduction In this first installment of my serial essay on the generation of the child, I undertake a focused reading from John Protevi’s wonderfully synthetic and comparative work, Political Physics (2001), which evaluates the differing strengths of Jacques Derrida and … Continue reading

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