"I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of nine days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Lotus-eaters, who live on a food that comes from a kind of flower. Here we landed to take in fresh water, and our crews got their mid-day meal on the shore near the ships. When they had eaten and drunk I sent two of my company to see what manner of men the people of the place might be, and they had a third man under them. They started at once, and went about among the Lotus-Eaters, who did them no hurt, but gave them to eat of the lotus, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus-eaters without thinking further of their return; nevertheless, though they wept bitterly I forced them back to the ships and made them fast under the benches. Then I told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the lotus and leave off wanting to get home, so they took their places and smote the grey sea with their oars."


Chris Walken

“This sounds silly,” he said later, “but the first thing that I can remember I was on my back, on that kitchen table, and the window facing the street was open. I remember this marvellous warm breeze coming in, so it was around June, and I was a couple of months old. And I turned my head and right next to me was a white plate with scrambled eggs on it. I can still see it.”



"When the mind is balanced, the palate is balanced."


Chancellor Thorp

"Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad things occasionally happen."


Italian Biopolitical Thought

Gilles Deleuze, Immanence: a life ...

Taking as a point of departure Gilles Deleuze’s notion of “immanent life”, the course will explore the radical politics of life emerged in contemporary Italian philosophy, literature, and cultural theory. In particular, we will discuss the legacy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze, as seen through the lenses of Italian biopolitics.

G. Agamben, "What Is an Apparatus?" and Other Essays, Stanford University Press; and State of Exception, University of Chicago Press, 2005
M. Cacciari, The Unpolitical: On the Radical Critique of Political Reason, Fordham University Press, 2009
G. Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy, Columbia University Press, 2006
R. Esposito, Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy, University of Minnesota Press, 2008
M. Foucault, Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College de France 1977—1978, Picador, 2009
T. Negri, Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State, University of Minnesota Press, 1999
G. Vattimo, Dialogue with Nietzsche, Columbia University Press, 2008


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