I do want to do something.

Some notes on pragmatism. Kitchen conversations.
December 3, 2007, 6:31 pm
Filed under: London notes

These are some fragments from conversations that I have assembled. The concern is pragmatism. What does it mean, to start with. Well, here is a Wikipidia link to trace the history of its philosophy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pragmatism.

In an email a friend sent me  on a discussion about  engagement, he concluded by saying “(le pragmatisme, jusqu’au bout.. et la pratique !)” . Pragmatism until the end… and practice. He was saying this against the ideology that engagement stood for, according to him, a military ideology that did not leave much space for the doing and for the process that he opposed to engagement (engagement understood as a commitment to an ideal, idea).

 Matt, my flatmate -a very handy architect who can fix everthing in the house and more- said that you can always say that you are a pragmatic person, that saves you from getting in trouble, from getting involved in emotions and stuff. You just do, and that becomes the excuse and the reason.

I liked that he said that. Not many “pragmatics” have this lucidity. Maybe Matt is the ultimate pragmatic.

I would like to end these notes with a quote by Agamben. I still don’t know what to do with it, but I feel it has something to do with this kitchen conversation.  

”Gesture is the name of this intersection between life and art, act and power, general and particular, text and execution. It is a moment of life subtracted from the context of individual biography as well as the moment of art subtracted from the neutrality of aesthetics: it is pure praxis.”
Giorgio Agamben, Means Without an End, Notes on Politics, Minnesota, University of Minnesota Press, 2000, p.79.

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Dear Mirene, don’t ask me how I found your web page. It’s too complicated! Are you still in London? Take care! Antonella

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