Dialectics Unbound (Coming Soon)

It’s been a while since I have posted here, and the last post I made was for my thesis Dialectics Unbound. The thesis is now in the exciting process of becoming a book, and should be out in the next few months with Punctum Books in the Dead Letter Office Series.


Here’s a description of the book:

Dialectics Unbound re-imagines figures of ontological totality, in and out of writing, first by exploring some lineages of the dialectic, and second by engaging thinkers such as Theodor Adorno and his assertion of nonidentity, Julia Kristeva and her positing of a fourth term of the dialectic, and Fredric Jameson’s treatment of the dialectic as an open totality. By articulating a concept of totalization-without-totality Dialectics Unbound seeks to free the concept of the dialectic from the violence of closure, and then to take this unbound dialectics to the work of writing through a brief examination of parataxis and aphoristics as approaches to writing, both possible and impossible.

And here’s a tentative table of contents:


Chapter 1. Lineages of the Dialectic

Chapter 2. The Violence of Closure

Chapter 3. Totalization without Totality

Chapter 4. Adorno’s Immanent Critique and the Assertion of Nonidentity

Chapter 5. A Fourth Term?

Chapter 6. Kristeva contra Adorno

Chapter 7. Aphoristics and Parataxis

Chapter 8. Minima Moralia and Aesthetic Theory


Afterword and Acknowledgments

Stay tuned for more here, as well as at my blog, and these posts for the context of the project: update and outline.




2 comments on “Dialectics Unbound (Coming Soon)

  1. inthesaltmine says:

    Hi Max, I’m very much looking forward to your book! I am big a fan of Kristeva and Jameson and am most interested in questions of (non-)violence and trauma, so I expect that your project will resonate with me quite strongly. Yours, David

  2. Max says:

    Thanks David! and sorry I got to your comment so late :p

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