Keith Hart on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 01:06:27 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The Art of the Undercommons

Wonderful essay, Stevphen. Too much in it to discuss here. But Konrad's link
between critique, strategy and wisdom, as you arrticulate it, reminded me of
why Kant's *Critique of Judgment* was the most influential book for the 19th
century. Of course critique and judgment are in essence the same thing. To
be critical is to examine the foundations of contemporary civilization by
having recourse to judgement. Judgement in turn is the ability to form an
opinion on the basis of careful consideration -- beyond that to discern
relations linking particulars to more general principals )as in case law).
Wisdom is reason expressed as a lifetime of making judgments. Strategy adds
to all this the capacity to construct and choose between scenarios. But then
judgment always involves consdieration of future implications.

I prefer meat to veggies.


On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 1:08 PM, Stevphen Shukaitis <> wrote:

> > The above is some truly lovely prose and evokes (though only faintly I'm
> > afraid) the master of this genre to the nth degree, Konrad Becker, in
> > his Strategic Reality Dictionary -- which however has the immense
> > advantage of working back to the like of Giordano Bruno and John Dee as
> > the original 16th-century psychowarriors whose black arts still make the
> > unitiated tremble.
> Since Brian has mentioned the work of Konrad Becker, I'll take that as en
> excuse to post an essay that I just wrote about Konrad's work in relation to
> questions of strategy, which appeared as part of EIPCP's 'creating worlds
> program:
> Hopefully it is amusing and/or useful...

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