What do we need to lo(o)se(n), in order to experience…

ethics with/out the modern subject?

politics with/out the nation-state?

education with/out the Enlightenment?

welfare with/out capitalism… or socialism?

imagination with/out the intellect?

democracy with/out consensus or a single story of progress and reason?

humanity with/out good versus evil?

theology with/out an old man up above?

philosophy with/out Greece, the city or the alphabet?

psychoanalysis with/out the self?

dialogue with/out understanding?

justice with/out punishment?

hope with/out projections?

experience with/out self-actualization?

critique with/out righteousness, redeemers or virtue-signalling?

scholarship with/out posturing?

knowing with/out meaning?

time with/out linearity or motion?

space with/out location or place?

being with/out separability?

existence with/out form?

the end of the world as we know it without despair?



The first four lines of this text emerged from a conversation  between Vanessa Andreotti, Sharon Stein and Denise Ferreira da Silva in 2015 based on Denise’s concept of “with/out”. See:




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