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disagree

by Argos as You as Argos

...gic to such closure or to such administration. To articulate this I wish to briefly turn to three philosophers: Jacques Rancière, who argues that democratic politics does not aim at consensus but is in fact a ‘rationality of disagreement’; Jan Patočka, who argued that democracy is tied to the birth of history, not its end; and Cornelius Castoriadis, who argued that democracy is the continual expression of the human capacity to create...

...y officemates and department fellows; ‘peer review’ is not what happens in the dying minutes of each semester as students, beleaguered by bureaucracy, decide where to plot the qualities of your teaching on axes from ‘Strongly Disagree’ to ‘Strongly Agree’; ‘peer esteem’ is not a measure of your rank of ‘excellence’ as a quantified average of the value, originality or rigour of your research as decided by anyone who has to work with you. As manage...

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